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MLB notes: Michael Pineda joins Yankee rotation

Wed., March 26, 2014

Michael Pineda will be the New York Yankees’ fifth starter.

Manager Joe Girardi announced the decision before Tuesday night’s game against Philadelphia.

Pineda, who missed the past two seasons after right shoulder surgery, beat out David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

Pineda, a former Seattle Mariner, has given up three runs and struck out 16 over 15 innings in four games.

Girardi said Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka makes his major league debut April 4 at Toronto. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova are to start the opening series at Houston next week.

Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined the past 1 1/2 weeks by right calf tightness, resumed playing and went 1 for 4 with two walks as the designated hitter in a minor league intrasquad game. He had an RBI single and struck out once.

Ellsbury expects to be ready for Tuesday’s opener.

Around the league

The Rangers have sent former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz to the minor leagues. Feliz, the closer for the Rangers when they went to their only World Series in 2010 and 2011, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers made Feliz a starter in 2012. He was 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in eight games before Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. … The Mets and Matt Harvey have agreed where the pitcher will rehabilitate from elbow ligament-replacement surgery. The right-hander will be with the club in New York during homestands and work at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie when the Mets are on the road. Harvey has been adamant he rehabilitate in New York rather than Port St. Lucie. … The Royals have plucked left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster off waivers from the Padres. The Royals also sent catcher Adam Moore to the Padres for cash considerations.

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