Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 days ago

The Mets are discussing a contract extension with Duda, Joel Sherman NY Post reports.

Duda, who hit 30 homers last year, is making $4.2 million in 2015. He could go year to year and be a free agent after the 2017 season, at which point he will 31 years old. The key question seems to be how long the Mets want to lock up Duda for coming off one good year. On the field, Duda, hit a triple off a lefty and then homered later in Saturday's game.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 5 days ago

Duda (back) was taken out of Wednesday's contest for precautionary reasons according to manager Terry Collins, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Duda was removed after being hit by pitch in the back, but Collins indicated that he was only scheduled to play another half-inning before his day was done anyway. It's still possible the team will elect to continue playing it safe and hold the 28-year-old out another day or two, but it appears he avoided anything more than just a minor issue.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 5 days ago

Duda was removed from Wednesday's Grapefruit League action after getting hit by pitch in the back, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

It's possible this was just a precautionary measure as Duda initially stayed in the game for the remainder of the half-inning. Consider him day-to-day for now, but more news should become available about the extent of the issue in the near future.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 week ago

Duda will begin the season as the everyday first baseman, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Duda struggled mightily against south paws in 2015, finishing the season with an atrocious, .180/.264/.252 batting line. Manager Terry Collins has decided to give him another shot, pushing John Mayberry into a straight bench role. It's possible the platoon will return, however, if Duda can't produce against lefties once again.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 2 weeks ago

Duda (intercostal strain) went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his first game action of the spring Saturday, ESPN New York reports.

Duda had been sidelined with the injury since early in spring training but finally healed enough to get into a game as the designated hitter. He is being eased back into action, as he will play Sunday at first base, sit Monday, play Tuesday and then sit Wednesday. Following that stretch, he will play daily and also face left-handed minor-league pitchers, as the Mets see if he can make strides against southpaws like he did against righties last season.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda (chest) is expected to rejoin the lineup Sunday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

It was initially reported that he would jump back into the lineup Friday, but it appears his return date was pushed back to Sunday instead. Regardless, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be able to get in some work and be ready for Opening Day.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda (intercostal strain) is expected to play in Friday's game, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

He took 40 batting-practice swings Monday and said he felt good, so it sounds like he is almost over the intercostal strain. This is a situation to monitor, but it should not be affecting his fantasy value in drafts right now.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 3 weeks ago

Duda (intercostal muscle) hit off a tee again Friday and took a couple of front-toss pitches, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

It was reported earlier that Duda took batting practice Friday, but that was not the case. He remains limited mostly to tee work, but Duda is still hoping to get into games early next week. While that doesn't seem all that realistic considering where he's at now, Duda does seem to be making progress and he still has several weeks to gear up for the start of the season.

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 4 weeks ago

Duda (intercostal muscle) took swings off a tee Wednesday for the first time in three weeks, Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports.

Duda appears to be at least a little ways off from returning to the field. His absence gives the likes of John Mayberry and Eric Campbell extra reps in spring training, or Brandon Allen in the case of Wednesday's contest. Duda is still the clear leader at first base heading into the season, but if either Mayberry or Campbell can show a propensity for hitting left-handed pitching, it could lead to a soft platoon at first base given Duda's splits against south paws (.180/.264/.252 in 2014).

Lucas Duda 1B NYM 1 month ago

Duda (intercostal muscle) could swing on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Duda has not been swinging a bat for the past few weeks after receiving a cortisone shot, but manager Terry Collins is optimistic that he'll return sooner rather than later. Even if Duda doesn't pick up a bat again by Wednesday, it sounds as though the team is not overly concerned with his availability going forward, so the 29-year-old should be back on the field soon.