Pineda excited to be with Yankees

Michael Pineda was at his house in the Dominican Republic when his phone rang. It was Brian Cashman on the other end of the line, telling the right-hander that he was now a member of the New York Yankees.

Pineda grinned as he recalled the moment, saying how excited his mother and father were. Not to take anything away from his time with the Mariners, but Pineda was thrilled too. The Yankees name carries weight, and Pineda said he couldn’t wait to report for Spring Training in Tampa. He hasn’t been disappointed.

“Right now, I like everything,” Pineda said. “I’m excited to be here with this team. It’s pretty good here, so I like it.”

Pineda throws a bullpen this morning, working with Francisco Cervelli. Here is the full list of pitchers-catchers workouts on tap:

Early BP: Manny Banuelos (Jose Gil), Cesar Cabral (Gary Sanchez), D.J. Mitchell (Kyle Higashioka), Dellin Betances (J.R. Murphy).

Group 1: Phil Hughes (Gustavo Molina), Ivan Nova (Gil), Pineda (Cervelli), CC Sabathia (Russell Martin), Rafael Soriano (Austin Romine).

Group 2: Freddy Garcia (Sanchez), Hiroki Kuroda (Martin), Boone Logan (Romine), David Robertson (Murphy), Cory Wade (Kyle Higashioka).

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