As the two-game opening series in Australia draws nearer, the Los Angeles Dodgers must get their roster down to 30 men by Sunday.
Yesterday, they made another round of cuts to get closer to their goal of 30 and today, they made one more cut with just six more spring games left.
Right-handed relief pitcher Red Patterson was reassigned to minor league camp via Dodgers Nation:
Dodgers reassigned Red Patterson to minor league camp while Twitter was breaking
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 11, 2014
Patterson was invited to camp this spring after spending last season in Triple-A. The 26-year-old did well this spring, allowing just one run in 6.1 innings. He had four strikeouts and had thrown the fourth-most innings for the Dodgers. Patterson was a pleasant surprise, along with right-hander Seth Rosin and appeared in three games throwing multiple innings.
Drafted in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Dodgers, Patterson has steadily climbed the ranks from rookie league to Triple-A last season. He wasn’t expected to make the team out of spring because of the Dodgers’ depth in the bullpen, but made a strong showing for possible promotion if needed during the season. While he was strictly a reliever in spring, Patterson has experience as a starting pitcher as well.
In 2012, he appeared in 47 games, all as a reliever, but in 2013, he appeared in 39 games with 12 of them being starts. After seeing what he could do in Cactus League games, it’s likely that Patterson will stick with relieving duties, and it remains his best chance of making the big leagues this season.
With Patterson gone, the Dodgers’ roster now stands at 42 and will continue to shrink during the week as regulars begin to settle in to playing everyday and taking the majority of the at-bats.
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