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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Mets roster projection 2013.04

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- There is still internal debate about Kirk Nieuwenhuis vs. Omar Quintanilla for an Opening Day roster spot, but here's a pretty good stab at the roster that will break camp.

Rotation:
1. Jonathon Niese, lhp
2. Matt Harvey, rhp
3. Dillon Gee, rhp
4. Jeremy Hefner, rhp
Shaun Marcum, rhp (DL, then activated for April 7 start)
Johan Santana (DL)
Jenrry Mejia (DL)

Bullpen
5. Bobby Parnell, rhp
6. Brandon Lyon, rhp
7. Josh Edgin, lhp
8. LaTroy Hawkins, rhp
9. Scott Atchison, rhp
10. Robert Carson, lhp (LHP Scott Rice still in camp, but not on 40-man roster)
11. Greg Burke, rhp*
12. Jeurys Familia, rhp*
Frank Francisco (DL)

*demotion candidate when Marcum activated

Potential lineup:
13. Nieuwenhuis, cf
14. Daniel Murphy, 2b
15. David Wright, 3b
16. Ike Davis, 1b
17. Marlon Byrd, rf
18. Lucas Duda, lf
19. John Buck, c
20. Ruben Tejada, ss

Bench
21. Jordany Valdespin, 2b/of
22. Anthony Recker, c
23. Justin Turner, if
24. Collin Cowgill, of
25. Mike Baxter, of