Yankees Get Pitcher Wood From Indians; First Baseman Berkman From Astros

The New York Yankees acquired right- handed pitcher Kerry Wood today after he was taken off the 15- day disabled list by the Cleveland Indians as the Major League Baseball trade deadline ended.

The Yankees also received cash from the Indians, who will receive a player to be named or cash. Wood was placed on the disabled list July 12 with a blister on his right index finger.

In the past two days, the Yankees also got first baseman Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros and outfielder Austin Kearns from the Indians.

The deals were completed before today’s 4 p.m. New York time deadline for player trades outside baseball’s waiver system. Trades can be made after then, but players must first pass through waivers, giving other teams the chance to claim them.

Wood, 33, is 1-4 with eight saves and a 6.30 earned run average in 23 games this season for the Indians. In nine of his last 11 appearances, he has struck out 10 and held his opponents scoreless.

Wood was selected by the Chicago Cubs as the fourth overall pick in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career record of 81-68 with a 3.71 ERA in 357 games during 12 seasons with the Cubs and Indians.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

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