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Breaking news: Roster is set

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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.