Brandon McCarthy, pick a number. No, not that one.
Brandon McCarthy has joined the Yankees here in Cleveland, and judging by his Twitter feed, he’s having a little trouble picking out a new uniform number to wear.
*Kramer's moviefone voice* "well why don't you just tell me what number isn't retired"
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 8, 2014
McCarthy wore 32 with the A’s and the D-backs, which is retired by the Yankees for Elston Howard.
According to baseball-reference.com, McCarthy wore 20 with the Rangers (unofficially shelved for Jorge Posada), 55 with the White Sox (currently issued to David Huff) and also 41 with Chicago (currently issued to David Phelps).
The Yankees optioned right-hander Bruce Billings to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to create room on the active roster for McCarthy, who is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Indians. I would assume he’ll be able to pick a uniform number by then.
(Update: He has been issued No. 38.)
By the way, if you’re not already following McCarthy on Twitter, get on that. You’ll also want to check in on his wife, Amanda, who had this reaction to Sunday’s trade:
Haha @BMcCarthy32 you have to shave that nasty thing growing on your face! I WIN
— Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 6, 2014