A.J. Burnett departed his Maryland home Saturday for Florida, though his exact destination remained unclear.

Once he received a call from Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle, his route solidified. Endpoint: Bradenton.

"It's going to be a fresh start, it's going to be fun," Burnett said Monday outside of the Pirates spring training facility, his first day in black and yellow after he was acquired from the New York Yankees. "Coming back to the National League where I can hit and bunt. Get the joy back into the game."