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Breaking news: Roster is set

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just reassigned or optioned these players:

INF Nick Green
RHP Scott Patterson
RHP Darrell Rasner
LHP Kei Igawa
RHP Edwar Ramirez
RHP Jose Veras

LHP Andy Pettitte was retroactively placed on the 15-day DL. He is eligible to come off on Saturday.

What this means: They will start the season without a long reliever. The bullpen will be:

Mariano Rivera
Joba Chamberlain
Kyle Farnsworth
LaTroy Hawkins
Billy Traber
Ross Ohlendorf
Jon Albaladejo
Brian Bruney

Once Pettitte is activated, one of those players will be demoted. Joe Girardi made it clear that they will have a long man sometime soon. But the ability to put Pettitte on the DL gave them some leeway.

Girardi said making the cuts “was brutal” and he praised the spring that Patterson had. But his lack of big-league experience was a factor. Patterson looked crushed afterward.



42 Responses to “Breaking news: Roster is set”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 28th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    What’s the over/under on how long before we see Patterson in the bigs?

  2. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 28th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Oh, poor Patterson, but I have a feeling he’ll be back soon.

    Where does it say that Rasner was reassigned?

  3. Blargh March 28th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Heh, two Jose Veras’s

  4. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 28th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    he’ll make it someone in the BP will screw up, man I feel bad hearing Patterson felt upset he really did earn it but he has to show it in AAA then he will be the first call up.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 28th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Two Jose Verases doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the reanimated Cory Lidle did…

  6. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 28th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    How’s Patterson going to GET MLB experience if they don’t keep him on the 25-man?

  7. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 28th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Rebecca–that was so morbid and awful

  8. EricVA March 28th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Just going on spring performance, how does Albaladejo make the team!?!?

  9. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! March 28th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    To anyone else who is watching the NCAA’s, that first half is Memphis at their very best. Let’s go Tigers!!

  10. Rudy March 28th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    His stuff is good Eric. Some of his outings really weren’t that bad. I’m good Ohlendorf made the team, sad that Patterson did not though. I’d imagine Bruney sucking the first week and getting the boot.

  11. Buddy Biancalana March 28th, 2008 at 10:51 pm


    Have you seen ReAnimator?

  12. mel March 28th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Poor Patterson. He’ll be the next one called up. Only thing he needs to do is prove he can do it at AAA too.

    I hope Bruney uses this opportunity to reward Girardi’s faith. There are some good guys being left behind.

  13. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 28th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Pete I think you mean Darrell Rasner

  14. UtilityMan March 28th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    That was pretty bad about the Lidle Transaction the other day.

    But seeing Felix Heredia (Horendous)gave me nightmares.
    I still this day think that Heredia and Felix Rodriguez were the same person,,,just that one threw lefthanded and the other threw righthanded!!!

  15. mel March 28th, 2008 at 10:53 pm


    I saw their early lead and thought of you. I knew you’d be pleased.

    Your Grizzlies are in town.

  16. Josh March 28th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    this is BS, patterson belongs on that team.. Albaladejo? are you freaking kidding me.. first major disappointment for girardi in my book.

    let patterson pitch his way off, not giving him a chance is stupid

  17. McLovin March 28th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Doesn’t Ohlendorf have 9 hits in 6 innings and he hasn’t been as good as Patterson.Ross needs more grooming.

  18. mel March 28th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    So, Ohlendorf was the surprise pick. Good for him. I suspect that Abba Dabba would be sent down when Andy’s activated.

  19. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 28th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    “this is BS, patterson belongs on that team.. Albaladejo? are you freaking kidding me.. first major disappointment for girardi in my book.

    let patterson pitch his way off, not giving him a chance is stupid”

    how so ? Abaladejo hasn’t pitched that badly and has ML experience, Patterson as good as he was in ST he needs to show he can do it in AAA and then once somebody screws up in the ML level he will be the first call up, it’s time to figure out if he can continue what he started because if he is knocked around in the ML and you send him down that might be it for him, this way you showcase a BP arm our 2 and see if Patterson can continue his rythmn.

  20. Blargh March 28th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Probably also doesn’t help his case that he’s only pitched 3 innings in AAA (according to the MiLB site anyway) (Patterson that is)

  21. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 28th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Buddy: No, I haven’t, but I remember the whole Ted Williams controversy well enough.

  22. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 28th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Everyone needs to calm down about who’s ON the roster right now, because someone’s getting sent back down next week.

  23. Buddy Biancalana March 28th, 2008 at 11:01 pm


    Check it out sometime, pretty good B movie.

  24. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 28th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Guys. OMG. I have to interrupt this conversation for some very important news:

    I’ve reached page 40, the halfway mark of my thesis!

  25. mel March 28th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    BTW Sox @ Dodgers. I didn’t realize that Gameday’s showing the kind of pitch now. Way cool.

  26. Blargh March 28th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations, and you still have a weekend to burn through the latter half before the season

  27. gayle March 28th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Abba must have been shocked I certanly am didnt see that coming. Although unless he shows some stuff once the season begins he could have his stay short (like 6 days lol). Feel bad for Patterson but like others have said give him some innings in AAA keep up the good work he has shown this Spring and he will be the first short reliver call up when Ohlendor

    Lets hope all is good for Andy so I can see him pitch his first game at the Stadium on Saturday

  28. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 28th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    for you Phil Phranchise groupies :D

  29. Tim March 28th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Boy, as excited as I am about the Yankees season to start, I can see why many “pundits” have the Yankees not making the playoffs, because the starting pitching is shaky to say the least. I predicted 98 wins for the Yankees in 08 but I’m starting to be converted to the camp that says 87-90 wins and will not make the playoffs because of too many question marks in the rotation.

    1. You can’t count on Mussina, anything positive that he gives the Yankees will be gravy. And now with the injury to Andy, Mussina is now paired up with other teams’ #2 starter, ie, Hallady on Wednesday. Doesn’t look good. Tonite was not a good sign.

    2. Pettitte is injured and who knows how that will affect him throughout the season. Unknown at this point. Needs to step up and be a solid #2.

    3. Wang, his stuff has looked great at times this spring but because he counts so heavily on his defense and they have let him down the last few games, could that translate to a subpar season? He’s not an ace by a long shot but he needs to pitch like one for the Yankees to be successful. Not a good scenario.

    4. Hughes, his problem is that he is not economical enough with his pitches at this point in his career. He needs to get to the 6th and 7th innings at least, and has not been doing that. Could be the ace, could be inconsistent, hard to tell.

    5. IPK – imo is the wildcard. Can be really good if he’s hitting his spots, again another pitcher that pitches to contact and counts on the defense to bail him out and if he’s not hitting his spots or gets an ump that won’t give him the borderline calls he is very hittable. I like him alot though and predict 12-14 wins.

    6. Horne – should be the first pitcher called up because he has the best stuff of any SP at Scranton, should make 10 or so starts, will be interested to see how his season goes.

    7 – Unknown pitcher aquired by trade – IMO Cashman will make a trade for a SP at the deadline, I hope that the Yankees are not too far out by then.

  30. trisha March 28th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I figured/had hoped Ohlendorf would make the cut. I think he’s going to be a great addition to the bullpen.

  31. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 28th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    jesus who told Chris Carlin about this blog ..

  32. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 28th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    …I still hate pessimism. For the record. Why the heck would you be pessimistic on 28 March?

    Be pessimistic on 30 September if we’re out two games.

  33. Ralelen March 28th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    No more Kei Igawa, ha ha ha ha ha. Well not really no more, but Im glad he is not in the rotation or the bull-pen.

  34. Tim March 28th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    The good thing about Patterson being sent down to Scranton, he is only a phone call and plane ride away, SWB will have a nice bullpen, and will be able to help the big club when needed. Some or all of Ramirez, Britton, Veras, Patterson, Rasner, Jackson, Melancon, Cox, Sanchez will appear in the Bronx at some point this season. Imo its the deepest the BP position has been at the minor league level for sometime.

  35. trisha March 28th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Well put me in the camp who has no doubt whatsoever that the Yankees will make the playoffs. Furthermore, add me to the Buster Olney group that has the Yankees winning the division and the Michael Kay clan who have the Yankees winning the World Series.

    We’re gonna kick butt and take no hostages this season. If you can try not to knee jerk on a pitch-by-pitch, or even an outing-by-outing basis, you’ll probably really enjoy the hell out of this season. I know I’m gonna!

  36. CaptainsCorner March 28th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    They are giving Bruney the old benefit of the have good stuff hopefully you will find the plate. Then next week he will walk the bases loaded and Girardi will pull his hair out of his head and Bruney will go back to the minors. Abba will go down for Pettitte, and Ross or Bruney for Rasner. If Patterson pitches well in AAA we will see him again in a month or so. Patterson probably can use some AAA experience. I wonder if sunglasses Igawa was upset that he did not make the team…

  37. Tim March 28th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Bruney has looked good of late, and I noticed that he has been working more then I’ve seen in the past on an off speed slider or change up that sinks out of the strike zone to right handed hitters. He hasn’t been throwing all gas like he was in the past. The last 7.2 innings he’s had 10 strikeouts, no walks and no runs scored, so he may turn out to be a wildcard this season if he can keep it up. Remember that they got him off waivers from the Dbacks, and he’s in the best shape of his life, imo. We’ll see, he does seem to have bouts of wildness but that could be mechanical and hopefully Eiland has been able to correct that.

  38. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and beyond March 28th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I have this bizarre trust and faith in Eiland. For this reason, I believe our bullpen will be fine.

  39. Wolf In Pinstripes March 28th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I’m pretty happy with the roster as it is set at this point. My guess is Albaledejo will be the first to go once Pettitte is taken off the DL, and Bruney will be the first casualty if he doesn’t prove that he can pitch well (which I doubt he will prove, personally). I’m glad to see Ollie and Traber make the roster. Hawkins has been fairly impressive this spring when you consider that he was thought to be a poor signing. I’d love to see him detonate that perception on the field.

    As for Patterson, I’m sure it was tough news. But he needs to look at the positive side, in that it was a tough decision for the Yankees and they were impressed with his work. He’ll be called up at some point without a doubt after he gets some more time accumulated in the minors above AA ball to prove he’s not a fluke.

    As several people have mentioned here over the last couple of weeks, it’s a very nice situation to be in for a change where we have some quality arms that deserve spots but there is no space for them on the roster. We have the depth to pull somebody up in the case of injuries or lackluster performances, something we haven’t had the last few years. No more relying on guys that had potential but weren’t MLB-ready (Clippard, Wright, etc.).

    In regard to the bench, I’m stoked to see what Shelley will have the opportunity to do. I’m really happy for Ensberg as well. I’m not a huge Wilson Betemit fan, but he does have enough talent that he could be starting for a lot of clubs, so he’s no dead weight on the bench by any means. I only wish the roster cap was 26 players so that Brett Gardner could have a shot.

  40. Phil Hughes is Saved! March 28th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Poor Patterson. :(

  41. trisha March 28th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    A joy to hear Bronx born Vin Scully doing the play-by-play for Joe Torre’s Dodgers as they are winning in a meaningless exhibition game that surely has to be adding to the exhaustion of the newly-returned Red Sux.



  42. JeterMack Clutch March 29th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    are they waiting for horne or marquez to deserve claim long man based on AAA starts?

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