With Opening Day here, the Mets finally made their initial 2023 roster official.
Max Scherzer (Opening Day starter)
The DFA of Darin Ruf and the announcement of Elieser Hernández’s right-shoulder strain cleared the path for the finalizing of both the bench and the bullpen. Thankfully, the injuries to Brandon Nimmo and Brooks Raley that put them on the shelf for parts of the spring appear to be behind them.
As the roster is currently constructed, it appears that the Mets will rotate players through the right-handed designated hitter spot, parntering folks like Escobar, Canha, and Marte with Vogelbach in that role.
Tim Locastro is probably the most surprising player named to the Opening Day roster, but for a team lacking speed and a true backup centerfielder, his inclusion makes some sense.
Update: Justin Verlander has a teres major strain and was is replaced on the 26-man roster by Tylor Megill.