MONTREAL - The Mets finished spring training without announcing their starting lineup for Opening Day. But with Monday's season opener against the Nationals only a day away, they seem to have settled on their final roster.
After Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays, the Mets announced that starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and reliever Kyle Farnsworth would be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas.
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"These are probably the last two decisions,'' general manager Sandy Alderson said.
The moves mean Jenrry Mejia is in line to claim a spot in the starting rotation and Gonzalez Germen almost certainly will break camp in the bullpen.
Also barring a late shift, Omar Quintanilla will be added to the roster before Sunday's deadline. He's expected to take the spot of righthander Matt Harvey, who likely will be placed on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Although the Mets have a good sense of their roster composition, Terry Collins refused to share what he has in mind for his lineup. He faces a decision at first base between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, both of whom were hobbled with injuries for nearly three weeks. The manager also must figure out how to juggle outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares.
Collins has long envisioned Young as the team's best leadoff candidate, but despite his offensive deficiencies, Lagares has impressed with his elite defense in centerfield.
Regardless of how the pieces are deployed, Collins thinks the Mets have enough to improve upon their 74-88 finish of a year ago. "We think we're going to be better,'' he said. "We think we're going to do some positive things. We've added some athleticism, some power. Now we've just got to go play. So we're going to be a better team.''
The Mets have released a limited number of standing-room-only tickets for the Opening Day game against the Nationals . . . Dillon Gee draws the first start of the year. After Tuesday's off day, Bartolo Colon will pitch Wednesday, followed by Zack Wheeler, Mejia, Gee and lefty Jonathon Niese . . . Baseball's return to Montreal drew 96,350 fans over two days. Olympic Stadium had not hosted Major League Baseball since 2004, when the Expos moved to Washington.