Despite an encouraging start from Mike Pelfrey, and two-run homer by Mike Jacobs in the ninth inning, the Mets stumbled to the Rays, 4-2, tonight at Tropicana Field.
Of course, after saying there would be no roster moves tonight, the Mets made six significant cuts following the game -- Nelson Figueroa, Bobby Parnell, Kiko Calero, Elmer Dessens, Russ Adams and Chris Carter. That pretty much finalizes the roster, with the Mets expected to announce the 25-man squad after tomorrow's game against the Orioles.
Here's the bullpen, with Raul Valdes likely to be the odd man out: K-Rod, Pedro Feliciano, Ryota Igarashi, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, Jenrry Mejia and yes, Sean Green.
As for the bench, Frank Catalanotto will wind up on it, along with Ruben Tejada as the backup shortstop in Jose Reyes absence. They join Henry Blanco, Gary Matthews Jr. and Fernando Tatis.
As for the cuts, here's a quick thumbnail sketch of the reasons why, paraphrasing Omar Minaya:
Chris Carter: Has minor-league options, made it easy to send him down rather than possibly lose someone like Catalanotto. Mets were impressed with his performance this spring, when he batted .414 with four homers and nine RBI. Earned the nickname "Animal" from Manuel. "I doubt anyone gave better effort this spring than Chirs Carter," Manuel said.
Kiko Calero: Came to camp a little late, didn't "get into rhythm" according to Minaya.
Bobby Parnell: Minaya said they still like him a lot, and he expects him to be a big part of the team at some point as the bullpen will be a "performance-rotating situation."
Nelson Figueroa: Minaya praised his versatility and contribution, but expendable once again. Can refuse assignment once clears waivers and could wind up back at Triple-A Buffalo.
Russ Adams and Elmer Dessens were never really on the bubble anyway, so we'll skip over those two.