TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the first orders of business for new Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley was picking a new uniform number. No. 23, which he wore for the Mariners, has been off-limits here since Don Mattingly's days.
Kelley settled into Yanks camp with No. 27 on his back, and now the right-hander is hoping to get a chance to show it off in New York when the season begins.
"I'm excited. You don't always get a chance to put on the pinstripes and play for an organization like this," Kelley said. "Seattle was a great organization, great people, but I'm excited for a new start and the challenges that come with pitching for the Yankees."
Kelley was acquired from the Mariners last week for Minor League outfielder Abraham Almonte and said that the trade developed quickly.
He had already reported to camp with the Mariners in Phoenix, but he didn't mind having to fly to Florida. After two Tommy John surgeries, Kelley said he is happy just to be healthy and pitching.
"As far as I know, I'm just one of the guys here competing for a spot," Kelley said. "I'll just show them what I'm about in the spring and see what happens. Hopefully, I get to pitch in Yankee Stadium."