Bombers bits

• Right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who was acquired in a trade from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, is expected to join the Yankees on Tuesday. McCarthy is scheduled to make his Yankees debut against the Indians on Wednesday.

• Girardi said that he believes closer David Robertson (2.93 ERA in 26 appearances, 21-for-23 in save opportunities entering Monday) deserved to be selected as an All-Star, and Girardi hopes that there is still time for that to happen.

"Obviously, there's always people that have to bow out," he said. "I've said it all along -- if you like people that strike people out in key situations, he's pretty good at it. You take away his one outing against Minnesota, his numbers are as good as anyone's in baseball. And from a strikeout ratio, even better."

• Right-hander Michael Pineda has progressed to playing catch at 90 feet. The Yankees hope to have him throw from a mound by the end of this week, with a mid-August return to the big leagues standing as his best-case scenario.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.