DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
2 hours ago

Duda (back) resumed swinging Wednesday and his first session went without a hitch, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger received cortisone shots in his hip Friday, but it seems like his return to his normal routine was good enough to quell any doubts that he'll be fine moving forward. Look for Duda to make his spring debut in the coming days unless another setback in his recovery process comes forth.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
5 hours ago

Duda (back) was cleared Wednesday to resume swinging a bat, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Duda has been sidelined for nearly a week while dealing with a back issue that was indirectly addressed with a pair of cortisone shots in his hips a few days ago, and with the shots apparently having taken effect, he'll now be able to resume activity. The first baseman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut in the upcoming days, which should assuage some of the concerns about Duda's health that those drafting fantasy teams may have had about the first baseman this spring.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
3 days ago

Duda downplayed the severity of the back issue that caused him to receive cortisone shots in his hips Friday and has kept him off the field since Wednesday, The New York Daily News reports. "I feel great. Just a spasm in my back, I guess," Duda said Sunday morning. "We'll take a few days now, instead of taking two weeks down the road. Just being cautious. In a couple days, I should be ready to go."

EDGE Analysis

The slugger's optimism is nice to hear, but until Duda's swinging a bat again, fantasy players in early drafts will need to be cautious in adding him to their rosters after back trouble limited him to just seven home runs in 47 games in 2016. There's certainly upside here, given the 57 total homers he blasted the two seasons prior -- just make sure the risk is properly priced in before you take the plunge.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
4 days ago

Duda (back) received two cortisone injections in each of his hips Saturday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Duda sat out of Thursday and Friday's team activities (including the Grapefruit League opener) due to a stiff back and now it appears that he's dealing with soreness in his hips, as well. It's currently unclear if the 31-year-old is simply dealing with standard soreness or if it's something more concerning. He's considered day-to-day for now.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
4 days ago

Duda took Thursday off after his back stiffened up following batting practice Wednesday, The New York Daily News reports. "No problems with it really," Duda said. "I am fine."

EDGE Analysis

He didn't play in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox and, despite Duda's assurances, any issues with his back this spring are going to raise some red flags for fantasy owners after his rough 2016 season. He's still got plenty of time before Opening Day to show that he's 100 percent, but if the back problems linger through March, be prepared to drop him in your rankings.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
6 days ago

Duda crushed a long home run during batting practice Tuesday, and appears to be fully recovered from last season's back issues, The New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

With free agency looming next offseason, the 31-year-old slugger has every incentive to put together a big campaign, but staying healthy remains Duda's top priority. He also suggested that the core strengthening exercises he's been doing as part of his rehab have improved his power at the plate, a scary thought for opposition pitchers given the 57 homers he hit in 2014-15 before the stress fracture he suffered in his back last May hindered his stroke.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
2 months ago

Duda agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Mets on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old slugger got a slight bump in pay raise for 2017 despite playing in jst 47 contests last season due to a back issue. Duda did smack 57 home runs in the two seasons prior and posted an OPS over .800 in both campaigns, giving him a track record to point to in negotiations. If he can remain healthy in 2017, the left-hander projects as the team's everyday first baseman. However, his struggles against left-handed pitching could result in a platoon at the position unless he can improve.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
5 months ago

Duda is not on the Mets' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card game matchup against the Giants, James Wagner of the New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Duda struggled down the stretch after returning from a back injury, and the expectation is that the Mets, who are carrying three catchers on the roster, will turn to James Loney at first base Wednesday night.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
5 months ago

James Loney, and not Duda, looks to be the starting first baseman for the Mets' Wild Card contest Wednesday against the Giants, Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Duda has struggled to regain his stroke at the plate after missing three months with his back injury. In addition, he has had some soreness in that area while also having some difficulties in the field. While neither Loney nor Duda have had much success against Madison Bumgarner, at least Loney has seen more action of late and could have some success against the tough southpaw.

DTDLucas Duda
1B NYM
5 months ago

Duda (back) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Duda was scratched from the Mets' last game Wednesday due to his sore back, but he will be back in there Friday on the heels of a team off day. Duda will man first base and hit seventh against Phillies starter Alec Asher.