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Lucas Duda (hamstring) will play first base on Friday.

Duda has been sidelined since March 3 due to tightness in his left hamstring, but he's finally ready to return to Grapefruit League action. Ike Davis, who returned from his calf injury on Thursday, is slated to DH on Friday. There's not much time left to decide the starting first base job.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 1 Month

Lucas Duda (hamstring) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Duda will first play in a minor league game on Thursday. He's been slowed by tightness in his left hamstring but should have enough time to get himself prepared for Opening Day. Duda is still battling Ike Davis for starting first base duties, but word is that Davis is being shopped by the Mets' front office.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 1 Month

Lucas Duda (hamstring) will play in a live game Thursday.

It will either be a Grapefruit League game or a minor league game. Duda has been battling tightness in his left hamstring but should have ample time to get properly tuned up for the start of the 2014 regular season. The Mets are shopping Ike Davis again, so Duda projects to serve as the club's regular first baseman.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 1 Month

Lucas Duda (hamstring) is tentatively expected to return to action this weekend.

Duda has been sidelined over the past week due to left hamstring tightness, but he has shown some improvement and is scheduled to hit in the cage Monday. With Ike Davis sidelined due to a calf injury, he has a real chance to take the first base job.

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Lucas Duda was held out of action on Thursday due to lingering tightness in his left hamstring.

"It's just tight at the bottom of the hamstring," Duda told ESPN New York on Thursday afternoon. "It's feeling much better daily." He hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since Monday and there's no set date for his return. The 28-year-old Duda is competing with Ike Davis, who has also been sidelined, for the Mets' starting first base gig.

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Lucas Duda is out of the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday due to a tight left hamstring.

The hamstring discomfort drove him to an early exit from Monday's game, but it's not a major concern yet for the Mets' medical staff. Duda is competing with Ike Davis this spring for the starting job at first base.

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Lucas Duda left Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves due to leg stiffness.

Consider him day-to-day. Duda is competing with Ike Davis for the first base job this spring, but they both have minor ailments at the moment.

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Lucas Duda homered for the Mets' only run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Duda and Ike Davis played in the same game yesterday, with Duda collecting a double and a hard out and Davis homering. Duda's homer today came with Davis off. The two players are battling for a starting job at first base, with the loser perhaps getting traded.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 2 Months

Lucas Duda said Wednesday that he lost 5-10 pounds over the winter and feels much quicker.

Duda was one of the Mets who participated in a team-supervised fitness camp in Michigan this offseason. This is a big spring training for the 28-year-old, as he'll compete with Ike Davis for the starting first baseman job. Davis should be considered the early favorite.

Lucas Duda 1B/LF NYM 2 Months

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it's "likely" the loser of the Mets' first base competition will begin the season in the minors.

It's still quite possibly that one of Ike Davis or Lucas Duda is traded prior to Opening Day, but so far Alderson hasn't received any offers to bite on. Manager Terry Collins has said Davis will receive 90 at-bats this spring, so they're obviously hoping he'll win the first base job. That makes Duda likely Triple-A bound if both are still in the organization come Opening Day.