Jeff Karstens has a groin strain on his right side and was taken for an MRI. Take him off the list. It looks like Darrell Rasner will be the long man.
Nick Green hasn’t been officially sent down. But Joe Girardi did say that Wilson Betemit is on the roster.
Scott Patterson’s line this spring: 7.2 1 0 0 0 7 over eight games. He has been terrific. But as Joe Girardi has mentioned several times this spring, Patterson has yet to pitch above the Double-A level (with the exception of three innings). That clearly works against him.
The other thing to keep in mind is that he hasn’t been used in any particular role. He’s been the guy who gets two outs after the starter reaches his pitch count. That role doesn’t exist once the season starts. He can’t be the long man as he has only one a few outs at a time this spring.
Patterson will probably get his chance at some point this season. But it would be a surpise if he opens the season with the team.
The team has left for Miami. I’m flying out in the morning.