Yankees set 25-man roster
Right-handers Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Darrell Rasner and Scott Patterson, along with left-hander Kei Igawa and infielder Nick Green were all reassigned by the Yankees after Friday night's exhibition game against the Florida Marlins.
Those decisions, along with ones to place left-handed starter Andy Pettitte and right-handed reliever Jeff Karstens on the 15-day disabled list, get the Yankees to the 25-man limit for Opening Day.
Among those who made the final cut: right-handers Brian Bruney, Ross Ohlendorf and Jonathan Albaladejo. For now, the Yankees will go without a long reliever.
Manager Joe Girardi announced the moves Friday night with a pained look on his face, after he and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman emerged from a series of closed-door meetings with the players who were reassigned.
"Hate it," Girardi said. "I was sent down. It's heartbreaking."
Bruney had a 2.00 ERA in 10 outings this spring. Ohlendorf was even better in his 10 appearances, posting a 1.86 ERA, and Albaladejo who worked a scoreless inning Friday in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Marlins has a 3.86 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 9 1-3 innings.
Ramirez had a 4.91 ERA in eight appearances, Veras a 9.00 ERA in six games and Rasner a 5.02 ERA in six games.
But Patterson was virtually perfect in the spring, with no runs allowed. He held opponents to a .043 batting average-and that decision, Girardi said, was "brutal."
"He had the right attitude," Girardi said. "He said, 'I'll go out and get people in Triple-A and I'm ready when you call.' ... He had an amazing camp. Everything that we asked him to do, he came in at the middle of innings, he was great. And I believe he will be ready if the phone rings."
The reassigned players are expected to fly home with the Yankees after Saturday night's game with the Marlins, then travel to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
"We talked about having your mind right when the season starts down there," Girardi said. "It's hard, extremely hard, when you get sent down to make sure that your focus is, 'OK, I've got to put that behind me."'