Carson had been competing with Garrett Olson, Chuck James and Daniel Herrera for a job as a second lefty in New York's bullpen -- a role that may or may not even exist. Now, it appears that Carson will rest and recover at least into mid-March, while the others continue to pitch and presumably gain an advantage.
Pitching almost exclusively as a starter at Double-A Binghamton last season, Carson finished 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA, allowing 154 hits in 128 1/3 innings.
Second-base prospect Reese Havens also sat out the team's first intrasquad game as he continues to recover from a bout of back stiffness. Though Havens said that "every day it's getting a little better," the oft-injured second baseman does not anticipate returning to action this weekend.