What first appeared to be a balky back ended up costing Lucas Duda nearly four months of 2016 season. The veteran first baseman was off to a slow start, slashing .231/.297/.431 with seven homers when he was placed on the DL on May 20. Duda returned on Sept. 20, hitting just .217 with no homers in 23 at-bats the rest of the way. While the sample of games Duda played in 2016 is too small to alter his performance baseline, it's imperative to note the veteran missed time the last week of the season due to a sore back and was not active for the Mets' wild card tilt. So, what we have is a power-hitting first baseman who's a batting average liability on the wrong side of 30 years old, coming off a severe back injury that was still bothersome after missing four months or action. If healthy, Duda still has the pop to hit 30 homers but the injury risk means it's best to earmark him for a corner or utility spot, with a backup on reserve.
Duda (elbow) said Sunday that he believes he will return from the DL once eligible, Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record reports. Duda did add that he still needs to regain full range of motion in his elbow, but it sounds like he has little doubt he will do so before the end of April. His DL move was made retroactive to April 20, meaning he's eligible to return as soon as April 30. Duda isn't hitting at a high clip early on this season, but he's getting on base regularly and already has four homers in 42 at-bats.
Duda has been placed on the 10-day DL with a hyper-extended elbow. Duda has been dealing with the ailment since colliding with Cesar Hernandez during Wednesday's game against the Phillies. The first baseman is hitting .238 this season with four home runs and a .931 OPS, but he'll now likely be out for at least a couple of weeks. Jay Bruce will likely receive the lion's share of starts at first base, though T.J. Rivera could see some action there as well.
Duda is undergoing tests on his hyperextended elbow Thursday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Duda injured his elbow in Wednesday's game after being involved in a collision at first base and was forced to leave the game shortly thereafter. Once the results of the tests are available, an estimated return for Duda should become clear. Wilmer Flores is currently dealing with an infection, so Jay Bruce will likely move to first base until Flores or Duda is back in full health.
Duda (elbow) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies. Duda will have the day to recover after hyperextending his elbow in Wednesday's game. There's yet to be any indication that he'll end up on the DL, so consider him day-to-day until further notice. Jay Bruce will fill in at first base for Thursday's game with Duda out of the lineup.
Duda exited Wednesday's game against the Phillies early with a hyperextended left elbow, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Duda appeared to injure his arm on a collision at first base with Cesar Hernandez. The first baseman stayed in the game for the remainder of the half-inning, but was pinch hit for by Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the fifth. It's unclear how severe the hyperextension is, so we'll have to wait for more details to become available. He'll be considered day-to-day for now.