Mets' roster projection: Daniel Murphy DL edition

JUPITER, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy's pulled right hamstring may heal in time and the second baseman may be in the New York Mets' Opening Day lineup. But, as general manager Sandy Alderson has noted, hamstring injuries tend to linger. So let's take an educated stab at the Mets' projected roster for the April 6 opener at the Washington Nationals in the scenario in which Murphy is unavailable.

Starting position players

Travis d'Arnaud, C

Lucas Duda, 1B

Matt Reynolds, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Wilmer Flores, SS

Michael Cuddyer, LF

Juan Lagares, CF

Curtis Granderson, RF

DL: Murphy

Analysis: Alderson identified Reynolds and fellow prospect Danny Muno as the candidates to start at second base if Murphy opens the season on the DL. Alderson glaringly omitted Ruben Tejada, which is telling, since Alderson's opinion matters most. Still, a team insider insisted new hitting coach Kevin Long really likes what he has seen out of Tejada this spring training, so Tejada is not disqualified from being a candidate. If it comes down to Reynolds or Muno as a starter in Murphy's absence, the Mets are likely to keep Reynolds. The insider added that if it were Reynolds versus Muno for a bench spot with Tejada as the second-base starter, the club prefers the backup role go to Muno, with Reynolds at Triple-A Las Vegas, since they want Reynolds regularly playing somewhere.


Anthony Recker, C

Tejada, SS/2B

John Mayberry Jr., 1B/OF

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF

Eric Campbell, IF/OF

Analysis: The most vulnerable on this list is Campbell, although he still is more likely than not to make the team. Mets officials really like Muno because of his plate discipline and walk rate, so there is a chance -- albeit small -- that he would unseat Campbell, who already is on the 40-man roster. Part of Campbell's attractiveness has been that his versatility includes being able to play the outfield and first base. But with Mayberry and Nieuwenhuis backups in the outfield, and with Mayberry and Cuddyer able to play first base, Campbell's versatility is not vital now. Nieuwenhuis seemingly has beaten out Matt den Dekker anyway, but it helps that Nieuwenhuis also is out of options and would need to clear waivers to be sent to the minors.


Bartolo Colon, RHP

Jacob deGrom, RHP

Matt Harvey, RHP

Jonathon Niese, LHP

Dillon Gee, RHP

DL: Zack Wheeler

Analysis: Officially, Gee is in a competition with Rafael Montero, but team officials privately acknowledge it's Gee's job, with Montero ticketed for the bullpen. Wheeler will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and is lost for the season.


Jenrry Mejia, RHP

Jeurys Familia, RHP

Vic Black, RHP

Carlos Torres, RHP

Montero, RHP

Buddy Carlyle, RHP

Sean Gilmartin, LHP

DL: Josh Edgin, Bobby Parnell

Analysis: There figured to be little unresolved in the bullpen until Edgin needed Tommy John surgery and Wheeler's elbow injury forced Gee into the rotation. As a result, Montero and Carlyle -- who has an "out" at the end of spring training if he's not on the major league roster -- appear on firm footing. Black actually may not be ready for Opening Day, but a team official believes he will avoid a season-opening DL trip. He has been experiencing shoulder weakness and was only due to resume throwing on flat ground on Monday. If Black does go on the DL, groundball-inducing right-hander Zack Thornton could sneak onto the roster, too.

As for the left-hander in the bullpen to replace Edgin, the Mets may still go outside the organization. They are waiting on teams to put players on waivers next week. Otherwise, flip a coin between the Rule 5 pick Gilmartin and Scott Rice. If it's relatively even, the edge seemingly would go to Gilmartin, since he must be offered back to the Minnesota Twins if he's not going to make the Opening Day roster. Meanwhile, Parnell is in the final stages of his return from Tommy John surgery, and a team official suggested he will be activated sooner than people expect in April.