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Mets roster projection 2014.06

3/17/2014

JUPITER, Fla. -- With the news that Jonathon Niese can resume throwing on Wednesday, let's take our latest stab at the Opening Day roster. The expectation now is that Niese will open the season on the DL but start against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6, allowing the Mets to carry an extra bench player (or, less likely, bullpen arm) for the first five games.

It's not clear who that bench player is, but let's take a stab that it's Andrew Brown.

Meanwhile, Mets people predict Terry Collins will alternate lineups that include Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares -- meaning EY Jr. and Chris Young may share the leadoff role.

Rotation

Bartolo Colon, rhp

Dillon Gee, rhp

Zack Wheeler, rhp

Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp

Niese, lhp (DL)

Lineup

EY Jr., lf

Daniel Murphy, 2b

David Wright, 3b

Curtis Granderson, rf

Chris Young, cf

Ike Davis, 1b

Travis d’Arnaud, c

Ruben Tejada, ss

Bench

Anthony Recker, c

Josh Satin, 1b/3b

Omar Quintanilla, if

Lagares, of

Lucas Duda, 1b/of

Brown, of

Bullpen

Bobby Parnell, closer

Jose Valverde, rhp

Vic Black, rhp

Scott Rice, lhp

Jeurys Familia, rhp

Carlos Torres, rhp

John Lannan, lhp