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Projected roster

3/2/2011

There are still more than four weeks until Opening Day, but here's a stab at the Opening Day 25-man roster:

Rotation

Mike Pelfrey

Jon Niese

R.A. Dickey

Chris Young

Chris Capuano

Bullpen

Francisco Rodriguez

Bobby Parnell

D.J. Carrasco

Taylor Buchholz

Tim Byrdak

Pedro Beato

Pat Misch

Lineup

Jose Reyes, ss

Angel Pagan, cf

David Wright, 3b

Carlos Beltran, rf

Jason Bay, lf

Ike Davis, 1b

Brad Emaus, 2b

Josh Thole, c

Bench

Mike Nickeas (while Ronny Paulino serves remaining eight games on suspension)

Daniel Murphy

Chin-lung Hu

Scott Hairston

Willie Harris

If these projections materialize, that means Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez both are released. It also means out-of-options Nick Evans, Luis Hernandez and Manny Acosta are exposed to waivers before being sent to Buffalo, or traded beforehand. (Hernandez, still recovering from a foot injury, conceivably could open on the DL too.)

Jason Isringhausen obviously is a wild card for the bullpen if he can stay healthy.