The Mets gave two important young players some time off, but hope both will return within days.

Before Monday night’s game against Washington at Tradition Field, Terry Collins said that shortstop Ruben Tejada was suffering from a quadriceps injury, and left fielder Lucas Duda would miss a few games while working with hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

Duda is not injured, according to Collins, but not ready for game action after spending most of his offseason healing from a broken wrist. In his first two Grapefruit League games, Duda was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts.

Because of that, Collins met with Duda and told him that he did not have to play if he is not ready. Duda was at least a month behind his normal offseason hitting routine, and simply not prepared to face live pitching.