Steven Matz among pitchers included on Mets' NLDS roster

BY foxsports • October 9, 2015

As the Mets get set to open the NLDS in Los Angeles on Friday, they announced that another one of their talented young arms has been included on their roster for the series.

While a recent back injury left some doubt as to whether he would be included, rookie Steven Matz has been placed on the Mets' 25-man NLDS roster, which is featured below.

Tyler Clippard (R)
Bartolo Colon (R)
Jacob deGrom (R)
Jeurys Familia (R)
Erik Goeddel (R)
Matt Harvey (R)
Steven Matz (L)
Jonathon Niese (L)
Addison Reed (R)
Hansel Robles (R)
Noah Syndergaard (R)

Position players:
Yoenis Cespedes (OF, R)
Michael Conforto (OF, L)
Michael Cuddyer (OF, R)
Travis d'Arnaud (C, R)
Lucas Duda (1B, L)
Wilmer Flores (IF, R)
Curtis Granderson (OF, L)
Kelly Johnson (IF, L)
Juan Lagares (OF, R)
Daniel Murphy (IF, L)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF, L)
Kevin Plawecki (C, R)
Ruben Tejada (IF, R)
David Wright (3B, R)

Notes: Although Matz has been placed on the roster, there is still a chance that Game 1 starter Jacob deGrom will start Game 4 in lieu of Matz, depending on how the series plays out.

Manager Terry Collins wouldn't commit to Game 1 starter Jacob deGrom returning on three days' rest.

"It all depends a lot on tonight," Collins said before Friday's game. "If he goes deep into a game, if he has to work hard, he probably won't come back on three days' rest. This kid's never done it in his whole career. When you're asking young guys to do things that they've never done before, you can set yourself up for some failure."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was traded by the Mets to the Angels earlier this season and reacquired in June, has made the 25-man roster and is expected to serve as a reserve outfielder during the NLDS.

As expected, Juan Uribe, who has a chest contusion, was left off the roster, but might be included on the Mets' NLCS roster if they advance.

The Mets only have one left-handed reliever in their bullpen, Jonathon Niese, who was converted into a reliever at the end of the season to prepare for the postseason but otherwise has been a starter in his eight-year career.

If Matz doesn't start Game 4, he would be available for relief appearances as well.

Game 1 of the NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. PT on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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