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Mets announce 26-man Opening Day roster

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There aren’t many surprises on the list.

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Ahead of yesterday’s postponed game against the Nationals, the Mets released their Opening Day roster:

Pitchers

  • Jacob Barnes
  • Dellin Betances
  • Miguel Castro
  • Jacob deGrom
  • Edwin Díaz
  • Jeurys Familia
  • Robert Gsellman
  • Aaron Loup
  • Joey Lucchesi
  • Trevor May
  • David Peterson
  • Marcus Stroman
  • Taijuan Walker

Catchers

  • James McCann
  • Tomás Nido

Infielders

  • Pete Alonso
  • J.D. Davis
  • Luis Guillorme
  • Francisco Lindor
  • Jeff McNeil
  • Jonathan Villar

Outfielders

  • Albert Almora Jr.
  • Michael Conforto
  • Brandon Nimmo
  • Kevin Pillar
  • Dominic Smith

In addition, the Mets also announced that Seth Lugo, Carlos Carrasco, and Drew Smith have been placed on the 10-day IL. Still recovering from Tommy John surgery, Noah Syndergaard remains on the 60-day IL. José Martínez has also been placed on the 60-day IL after suffering a torn meniscus during spring training.

The Martínez injury left enough room on the roster for the team to carry both Almora and Pillar as defensive replacements in the outfield and right-handed bench hitters. The injuries to Lugo and Smith also give opportunities to relievers like Miguel Castro, who impressed many during the spring, and Dellin Betances, who did not.

The biggest snub to the 40-man roster was likely Jordan Yamamoto, who lost out to Peterson and Lucchesi for a spot on the rotation and will start the season in the minors. Especially with Syndergaard and Carrasco out for the beginning of the season, Yamamoto may soon see major league playing time as a spot starter or a long relief option.