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Lucas Duda | First Baseman | #21

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News was told by a Mets source that Lucas Duda (back) likely wouldn't return "until late August at best."
Duda has resumed running, swinging and throwing as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his back, although he's only taken dry swings to this point. While things appear to be on track, he obviously has a ways to go. "I think it’s a progression. I just started hitting today," Duda said. "We are progressing on the right track, so I will take it." Jul 24 - 10:27 AM

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Lucas Duda (back) ran Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list in May.

He also played catch without issue. Anthony DiComo of suspects that Duda, out since May 21 with a stress fracture in his back, could begin a minor league rehab assignment sometime in early August. That would make a mid-August return to the Mets realistic.
Jul 19 - 5:17 PM

Lucas Duda (back) will resume baseball activities this week.

He's been on the shelf for nearly two month with a stress fracture in his back and is finally ready to rev things up again. Duda is still obviously a long ways away from a return, as James Loney will continue to hold down first base for the Mets for a bit longer.
Jul 17 - 12:38 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Lucas Duda (back) is not close to being ready for a rehab assignment.

Duda still hasn't resumed baseball activities as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his back. James Loney has been solid as a replacement at first base and should continue to hold down the position for the remainder of the month.
Jul 10 - 10:46 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Tuesday that Lucas Duda (back) is still at least two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.

That makes a return in July look a lot more questionable for the hobbled slugger. Duda has been sidelined since May 21 due to a stress fracture in his back. Expect to see more James Loney at first base for the Mets over the next month.
Jun 28 - 4:16 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Lucas Duda has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.

Awful news for the Mets. There's no timetable for Duda's return, but Collins said that it will be "a while." The Mets will look to a host of players at first base during his absence, including Eric Campbell, Ty Kelly, Wilmer Flores, and perhaps even Michael Conforto. As for now, David Wright doesn't appear to be a serious consideration at first base, though that could change.
May 23 - 4:03 PM

Mets placed 1B Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a back injury.

Duda has been bothered by back discomfort for much of May and will now be shut down for at least the next two weeks. Eric Campbell is starting at first base for the Mets on Monday night against the Nationals. Ty Kelly, called up Monday from Triple-A Las Vegas, could also factor into the mix at first.
May 23 - 3:49 PM

The Mets are worried that Lucas Duda is dealing with a disc issue and not something muscular that's causing his back soreness.

Well, that's not good. Duda is visiting the doctor Sunday morning in hopes of getting a better handle on things, but it looks like this could be a disabled list situation. The Mets should have an update on his status later Sunday.
May 22 - 10:38 AM

Lucas Duda (back) remained out of the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Duda has been in and out of the lineup for the last week with a sore back. He's considered day-to-day. Eric Campbell is filling in again at first base. The Mets also have Rene Rivera at catcher in place of Kevin Plawecki.
May 22 - 10:25 AM

Lucas Duda (back) was scratched from the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

Duda missed several games during the week with a back injury and it appears that the issue isn't going away any time soon. Eric Campbell will start in his place at first base on Saturday.
May 21 - 12:52 PM

Lucas Duda (back) struck out three times Thursday, finishing 0-for-4 in a loss to the Nationals.

The hitless game dropped Duda's overall line to .228/.291/.433. He has just two extra-base hits, both doubles, since May 5, hitting .183 this month. Thursday was his first game back in the lineup after missing a few games with a back injury.
May 19 - 11:24 PM

Lucas Duda (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup Thursday night against the Nationals.

Duda missed a few days with a nagging back injury. He's tallied seven homers and 19 RBI in 37 games this season, but that has come with a .236 average and .299 OBP. Duda will bat fifth Thursday versus Stephen Strasburg.
May 19 - 4:03 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Lucas Duda (back) could return to the lineup on Thursday.

Per Collins, Duda "feels a lot better" and could be available as a pinch-hitter for Wednesday's game against the Nationals. If he still isn't ready to play in Thursday's series-finale against the Nats, the Mets play the Brewers this weekend. All indications point toward this being a minor back issue, rather than something that would cause long-term problems moving forward.
May 18 - 4:18 PM

Lucas Duda is day-to-day with back discomfort.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told the media Tuesday afternoon that Duda was simply on the bench for the club's series opener against the Nationals, but manager Terry Collins clarified the situation in his pregame chat. Duda should be fine after a day or two of rest. Eric Campbell is starting at first base on Tuesday night.
May 17 - 4:08 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that Lucas Duda is healthy.

In other words, Mets manager Terry Collins opted to bench Duda for the series opener against the Nationals. The 30-year-old is batting just .200 (9-for-45) this month and .236/.299/.447 overall. Eric Campbell is starting at first base Tuesday.
May 17 - 3:46 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Logan Verrett
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Seth Lugo
9Jenrry Mejia