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.
It is being reported by MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo, that first baseman Lucas Duda did some running for the first time today since being placed on the disabled list back on May 23rd. Duda also played catch prior to tonight’s game as well.
Duda has been progressing slowly from the stress fracture in his back, but it looks like he could hopefully be ready for a rehab assignment at the beginning of next month. If he is able to continue to progress over the next couple of weeks and begin a rehab assignment at the beginning of August, he could possibly return to the Mets lineup sometime in the middle to end of August. Duda’s timetable all depends on how his back responds to baseball activities and how much game action he will need to round into form.
The 30-year old first baseman was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBI’s in 39 games prior to hitting the disabled list.
Awful news for the New York Mets this afternoon as starting first baseman Lucas Duda has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back and been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Continue reading
- Lucas Duda was scratched from today’s lineup with an ailing back injury. Duda had originally encountered the injury last weekend in Colorado and played through it. On Monday Duda was given an anti-inflamatory injection, and he sat out the first two games against the Nationals this week to allow his back time to heal. It’s a concerning development as Duda has now missed multiple games this week. Keep in mind he spent time on the disabled list last season from August 22-September 6th with a lower back injury as well. It will be a situation to monitor over the next couple of days to see if a move to the disabled list is in order. Eric Campbell is getting the start in Duda’s place today and batting seventh. Alejandro De Aza has been doing some work at first base in order to receive more playing time, and it could come in handy sooner rather than later. Stay posted.
- Terry Collins indicated prior to this afternoon’s game that Wilmer Flores will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday and likely be activated on Friday. It’s a great development as the corner infield spots have been a bit banged up lately and the Mets could really use Flores versatility right now. Flores was originally placed on the disabled list back on May 12th with a tweaked left hamstring and appears to be ready to be activated as soon as he is eligible.
Third baseman David Wright was scratched from tonight’s lineup due to his back flaring up on him prior to tonight’s game. The Mets and Wright both hope this isn’t anything serious and something that will keep him out of the lineup multiple days. Recent call-up Matt Reynolds is starting at third base and hitting ninth for the Mets tonight.
Lucas Duda is also not in tonight’s lineup due to having a stiff back, that originally became an issue over the weekend in Colorado. Duda received an anti-inflamatory injection during yesterday’s day off and his condition seems to be day-to-day according to manager Terry Collins. Speaking to reporters prior to tonight’s game Collins had the following to say regarding Duda’s back…
“Lucas complained of a pretty stiff back at the end of the weekend,” Collins stated prior to Tuesday night’s game. “He was examined yesterday, was given some medication and a shot. He’s pretty sore today. So he and I talked a while ago. It’s just not worth the risk with the weather the way it’s going to be tonight. It looks like it’s going to be kind of damp and cool. … I just said with Gio pitching tomorrow, he’d probably have that day off anyway, so let’s just use yesterday, today and tomorrow and see if we can clean that back up so he’s healthier.”
Eric Campbell is starting at first base tonight, and hitting sixth. The Mets will be shorthanded once again on their bench tonight with the recent injuries. We will keep our fingers crossed that the game does not come down to the shortened bench the Mets are playing with, and it comes down to the players that are eligible to play tonight. It’s tough to play your biggest division rival shorthanded but we must remember it’s still the middle of May and health trumps everything at this point.