WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Tauchman (TOCK-min) needed to face facts: Getting traded to the New York Yankees meant the outfielder had to get rid of the beard he’s worn for years.
It was a hairy situation, because he was on the road and had a trimmer but no razor.
So Tauchman said he went out in search of a pharmacy and bought the right tool the night before the Yankees’ scheduled exhibition finale Monday at the Washington Nationals. That allowed him to abide by the team policy that bars Yankees players from wearing facial hair other than mustaches, except for religious reasons.
The 28-year-old Tauchman made it by a whisker, arriving clean shaven at the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park.
His beard was gone, but he did carry one remnant from his 52-game career with Colorado since his major league debut in 2017, a purple-and-black Rockies bag.
The Yankees got him in exchange for left-hander Phillip Diehl.
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