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10/02/06 6:27 PM ET

Milledge, two others, left off Mets roster

Rookie outfielder one of three players not included for NLDS

NEW YORK -- As part of the only Division Series that will not begin play until Wednesday, the Mets have a little more time to set their 25-man roster for the series against the Dodgers.

But the Mets' plans became a little clearer on Monday, when the team announced that outfielders Lastings Milledge and Ricky Ledee and left-handed reliever Royce Ring would not be active for the first round of the playoffs.

Milledge, the Mets' top prospect, hit .241 in 56 games in his rookie season after making his Major League debut in May when right fielder Xavier Nady underwent an emergency appendectomy. The 21-year-old Milledge was at the center of a mild controversy over the weekend, when a note that read, "Know your place, rook," was taped to his locker in Washington. He said the message referred to "a misunderstanding" with a teammate while the Mets were in Atlanta last week.

Ledee, a left-handed hitter, will be part of the Mets' taxi squad, a handful of players who will be available should the Mets need to make any roster changes before the NLCS. He hit .188 in 85 at-bats, with two home runs and nine RBIs.

Ring had a 2.13 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season, striking out eight and walking three.

Dan Cichalski is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.