General Manager Sandy Alderson told reporters prior to tonight’s game that Lucas Duda’s back has flared up and he will be sidelined for 30 days to rest. Alderson also noted that it’s not optimistic to expect Duda back in the Mets lineup again this season. Duda’s doctor, Dr. Robert Watkins does not believe surgery will be needed for his stress fracture, just rest.
It’s a disappointing development for the 30-year old slugger who had high expectations coming into this season. Duda was only active for 39 games this season before suffering the injury back in May and has been unable to feel healthy enough to get back into game action. While many believed Duda would be out until August or early September at the latest, many didn’t expect him to sit out for the rest of the season. Duda was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBI’s.
Jay Bruce’s acquisition certainly helps the lineup in the power department, but I’m sure many on the Mets coaching staff are sour on this development. Especially after many of the coaches reportedly wanted to keep Daniel Murphy over Lucas Duda this past offseason. James Loney will now be the primary first baseman for the rest of the season. It’s fair to wonder if we have seen the last of Duda in a Mets uniform, as he could be non-tendered this offseason or traded as the Mets lineup is already lefty heavy.