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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).

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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.

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Duda (intercostal muscle) will not swing for another week, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Duda was shut down from swinging a couple weeks ago after being treated with a cortisone shot, and the team will play it safe and continue to restrict his activity for the time being. Manager Terry Collins said earlier in the week that he is not worried about the injury, saying "I don't foresee it being a big issue," but it's sounding as though Duda will not be available when Grapefruit League play begins.

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Mets manager Terry Collins said he is not worried about the injury to Duda's left intercostal muscle, NJ.com reports. "I don't foresee it being a big issue," Collins said of Duda's injury. "Should be ready in a couple days or so."

Duda has not swung a bat for couple of weeks, but the Mets hope he will be able to do so by the end of this week. The current plan merely calls for Duda to rest for the next few days.

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Duda (oblique) recently had a cortisone shot, and he has not been swinging a bat for the past couple of weeks, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.

Initial reports merely said that Duda would take a few days off from swinging, but the update makes his oblique issue sound a bit more serious. It's still something the Mets hope can be fixed with a bit of rest.

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Duda will not hit for the next few days because of an oblique issue, Mike Puma of the NY Post reports.

Duda dealt with an oblique injury during the 2013 season, but he doesn't have an especially noteworthy history of lower-body ailments. There's no indication that the current issue is anything beyond standard soreness or tightness.

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Duda and the Mets avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $4.2 million salary early Monday morning, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Duda, who made $1.9 million in 2014, was in line for a big increase after a 30-homer, 92-RBI season last year. He had asked for $4.7 mil while the Mets countered with $3.75 mil when arb figures were exchanged, so the two sides basically split the difference. Duda enters spring training locked in as the Mets' starting first baseman and has two more controllable years for New York.

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Duday, who made $1.64 million in 2014, is eligible for salary arbitration and looking at a big increase after a 30 home run and 92 runs batted in season, ESPN New York reports.

Duda is likely to receive somewhere around $5 million and it's possible New York looks to lock him up for a few seasons. For Duda to take the next step forward, he will need to improve his numbers against southpaws against whom he hit .180/.264/.252 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in over 111 at-bats.

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Duda went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBI in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Astros.

Duda had a huge jump in his power numbers from last season, doubling his home run total from 15 to 30, while adding 92 RBI. He ends the 2014 campaign with a .253/.349/.481 slash line.

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Duda blasted a walk-off, two-run home run off the foul pole while facing Tony Sipp to give the Mets a 2-1 win Saturday.

Duda entered the game with just two home runs in his last 28 games and only one off of a lefty, but boosted those numbers with his long ball Saturday. He now has 29 home runs and 88 runs batted in for the season with the final game of the 2014 campaign Sunday.