The Mets completed the final fine tuning of the roster yesterday to cut down to 25 men for today’s opening game of the 2008 regular season.
- Orlando Hernandez, who went back to his trademark high leg kick in Saturday’s preseason finale, was put on the 15-day DL so he can work on his arm strength. Mike Pelfrey was awarded the fifth starters slot for the time being. Nelson Figueroa, Brian Stokes and Ricardo Rincon were the others in the mix for that spot. Figueroa and Rincon were sent to the minors while Stokes was DFAed.
- Ramon Castro was put on the 15 day DL due to his hamstring problem. Raul Casanova will serve as the backup catcher.
- In a surprising move Fernando Tatis was sent to AAA New Orleans in favor of keeping Brady Clark on the roster.
- Joe Smith has won the final spot in the bullpen as Duaner Sanchez was put on the 15 day DL.