The Mets essentially set their roster for the National League Division Series on Wednesday, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis claiming the final bench spot in place of injured Juan Uribe.
On the pitching side, if Steven Matz isn't healthy by Friday morning's deadline to set the roster, lefthander Sean Gilmartin will be added.
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Reliever Carlos Torres was sent to the instructional league at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he will be on standby in case he must be activated.
Jonathon Niese could potentially be the only lefty out of the bullpen. Righthander Erik Goeddel also made the cut, as expected. He joins Hansel Robles, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and closer Jeurys Familia, who faced batters during Wednesday's workout to stay sharp.
Bartolo Colon could start Game 4 in place of Matz, whose fate will be tied to how he emerges from a simulated game scheduled for Thursday in Port St. Lucie. The Ward Melville product has been slowed by a back issue that forced the Mets to scrub his last regular-season start.
Lefties to face KershawTerry Collins confirmed that the Mets will keep lefties Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda in against lefty Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 Friday night.
"We're going to run out what we think is the best lineup, because if we can get to him, that bullpen, they're going to bring in those righties anyway," Collins said. "You might as well let them play the game and see what we can do. We've competed out there before with that lineup, and we're going to stick with it."
Tejada for ailing Flores
Collins said that Ruben Tejada will be in the starting lineup for Wilmer Flores, who is still feeling ill from a bout with strep throat.