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Mets Finalize Roster, Send Jason Bay To DL

The New York Mets finally know who will be suiting up for Opening Day against the Florida Marlins.  After making a flurry of roster moves, the 25-man roster is set and ready to go.

One man that will not be breaking camp on the active roster is left fielder Jason Bay.  Bay, trying to rebound from a miserable debut campaign in New York, was placed on the disabled list with a strained rib cage muscle.  The move was made retroactive to March 25, meaning he is eligible -- and expected -- to return on April 9.

Replacing the veteran Bay will be Lucas Duda, he of the 84 career at bats.  Willie Harris will start in place of Bay on Friday, but the youngster will step into the starting lineup on Saturday and Sunday.

Also joining Bay on the DL is Johan Santana as he recovers from major shoulder surgery.  The Mets ace may not return at all this season, but is still aiming for a Summer comeback.

The Mets also had players swap places on the disqualified list.  Closer Francisco Rodriguez was removed from the list and placed back on the 40-man (and thus 25-man) roster, while catcher Ronny Paulino has been moved there as he serves the final eight games of his PED suspension.

While Paulino sits out, Mike Nickeas will be play behind Josh Thole.