The bus didn’t leave without Scott Rice this time.

A year ago, the lefty reliever was on the verge of finally getting a major league call up — after 13 seasons in the minors — when the Dodgers informed him on the last day of spring training he wouldn’t be joining them.

“Everyone was loading on the bus to go to San Diego and I was left standing with my bags, so I know the feeling,” Rice said yesterday, a day after the Mets informed him he would be traveling north as part of the team’s Opening Day roster.

It’s an odyssey for Rice that has included six different organizations, in addition to stints playing for the independent Long Island Ducks and Newark Bears. The former first-round draft pick by the Orioles in 1999 was considered a long shot to crack the Mets’ roster when camp began, but supplanted Robert Carson for the bullpen’s second lefty role in the final days of spring training.

The 31-year-old Rice spent last season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, where he went 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 54 appearances, pitching in a league known for offensive explosions.

If there was an overriding factor in the choice of Rice over Carson it was the former’s ability to induce ground balls. Carson’s fate may have been sealed last week when he surrendered consecutive homers to Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in a relief appearance against the Braves.

But Rice remained steady, posting a 2.92 ERA in 11 Grapefruit League appearances with 11 strikeouts and three walks in 12 1/3 innings.

“He showed me the resilience I wanted to see, he showed me that he kept the ball in the ballpark, kept the ball on the ground,” pitching coach Dan Warthen said. “He walked a few guys, but he was able to get a ground ball afterwards. He’s a guy that deserves to be here right now.”