Mets outfielder and first baseman Lucas Duda was sent to New York yesterday to undergo an MRI on his left side after reporting discomfort following Friday night’s win. Tonight, the team placed him on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain and recalled corner infielder Zach Lutz. Lutz hit .286 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 185 at-bats this season for Las Vegas. Duda arrived at Citizens Bank Park Saturday morning for treatment, but the pain continued. It was then decided a trip to New York was necessary. Duda had made four straight starts at first base after spending the season in left field. Duda sat out a game earlier this season with a quad injury, but Mets manager Terry Collins said it is the first time Duda has complained of pain in his side. "He was pretty sore yesterday when the game was over and was still sore today," Collins said of Duda, who is tied for second on the team with 11 home runs. As a result, Daniel Murphy shifted from second base and started at first base yesterday. Jordany Valdespin came off the bench to play second base. Murphy batted fifth; Valdespin hit second. Collins said Josh Satin will start at first base today. But those configurations are only temporary measures. Collins said that promoting Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas could be an option. Davis has shown substantial progress in Las Vegas while reworking his swing. He has four home runs in his past two games and seven hits in his last three entering yesterday. "If Lucas has to go on the disabled list, Ike’s got to be certainly in the conversation," Collins said. However the Mets decided to go with Lutz, who is hitting .286 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 185 at-bats this season for Las Vegas.
Mets' Lucas Duda placed on DL with left intercostal strain
Newark Star-Ledger | Jun 23