TAMPA, Fla. - Michael Pineda got through spring training healthy. Next up, the regular season.

Pineda allowed one run and six hits in 51/3 innings Thursday and had a 1.42 ERA in 19 innings in five starts. He struck out six and did not walk a batter against the Pirates, giving him 23 strikeouts and one walk overall.

"That's good,'' he said with a smile when a reporter informed him of his strikeout-to-walk ratio. "I'm very happy with that. Thank you for telling me that. Those are really good numbers.''

He added, "I'm very happy. I'm feeling strong. It's a good day for me.''


And then there was one

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Brian Cashman said the decision to option Chase Whitley to Triple-A all but assures Chris Martin and Chasen Shreve of the final spots in the club's seven-man bullpen.

With Cashman saying that Gregorio Petit was acquired Wednesday to take Brendan Ryan's spot on the 25-man roster, that leaves backup catcher -- John Ryan Murphy or Austin Romine -- as the only undetermined spot.

"Just a lot of internal discussion about what we're going to do,'' Joe Girardi said. "We probably won't make that decision until Saturday night.''

Romine is out of options. There are plenty of teams, including the Phillies and Padres, in need of backup catchers who have inquired about him.

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The Yankees reassigned Rob Refsnyder, Nick Noonan and Eddy Rodriguez to minor-league camp . . . Carlos Beltran, scheduled to DH, instead stayed home with a stomach virus. Girardi said he is unlikely to play Friday.