Brian Bruney has made the club. So has Jonathan Albaladejo (the Mientkiewicz of pitchers, spelling-wise). Traber made it, as expected, and Ohlendorf survived, as we suspected. But Scott Patterson (0.00 ERA, 7.2 IP) was the unkindest cut of all - and Joe Girardi said he hated every minute of these one-on-one sessions in his office, which ended about a half-hour ago at Dolphin Stadium.
Patterson would've been a great opening day story. Two years ago, he opened the season with Lancaster of the Atlantic (independent) League. But Patterson's parting words in the manager's office made Girardi smile: "I'll go out and get prepared in Triple-A, and be ready when you call.''
Igawa and Rasner will go into the starting rotation at Scranton. With 8 relievers, there's no need for a long man (Pettitte goes on the DL to make room, but he'll start next Saturday at the Stadium - as long as he gets through Sunday's minor-league start OK).
Anyway, here's your Yankee roster for opening day:
Starters: Wang, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy (4)
Relievers: Rivera, Hawkins (0.00 ERA, 8.2 IP), Farnsworth, Chamberlain, Ohlendorf, Albaladejo, Traber, Bruney (8)
Infielders: Giambi, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Betemit, Ensberg (6)
Outfielders: Matsui, Damon, Abreu, Cabrera, Duncan (5)
Catchers: Posada, Molina (2)