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Bay headed to DL, Duda ready to step in

Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 5:52 pm
By Matt Snyder

Though the move isn't technically official, the Mets are going to put Jason Bay on the disabled list for the beginning of the 2011 season. They are waiting until Thursday before finalizing the move, but multiple reports already have Bay headed to the 15-day disabled list and Lucas Duda joining the Mets as Bay's replacement in left field.

"I haven't had a chance to talk directly with Jason myself," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "... I wouldn't say that we're unsure that we're going to DL him. We've got sort of a tentative direction that we're going to take. But I really don't want to discuss it until I've had a chance to talk to Jason." (ESPN New York )

Nick Evans was also in the mix to take over left field in Bay's absence, but he is headed to Triple-A Buffalo.

Bay will be eligible to come off the disabled list April 9, due to being able to backdate the move to his last spring appearance, which was last Thursday.

Duda, 25, seems eager to step into the role, though he's not a big fan of the circumstances.

"It's unfortunate that Jason hurt his rib cage," Duda told ESPN New York. "Obviously you don't want to see that happen. He's a great ballplayer and even a better guy, so you hate to see that. I'm going to go out there and try to help the team any way I can until Jason gets healthy."

Duda hit .202 with a .678 OPS last season in his 92 plate appearances, but that was after a brutal start. He was 16 for his last 51 (.314) with four home runs and 12 RBI. Prior to his promotion, he hit .314 with 17 home runs and a .999 OPS in 70 Triple-A games. Duda hit .254 with a pair of bombs and six RBI this spring. His OPS was .723 in 78 plate appearances.

Since signing a lucrative contract with the Mets last offseason, Bay played just 95 games last year, missing a significant chunk of the season due to lingering effects of a concussion. His on-field stint was disappointing as well, as he was hitting .259 with six home runs and 47 RBI -- this coming off a season where he had 36 homers and 119 RBI.

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Category: MLB

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:02 am

Bay headed to DL, Duda ready to step in

It's official.  Another Mets signing, another Mets bust.  The boys in Queens are cursed when it comes to signing marquee names.  Hope Bay makes a full recovery.  But by then, he will re-injure himself and will go back to the DL.  The Mets are the laughing stock in the NL.  It's going to be a LONG season for the blue and orange. 

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:18 pm

Bay headed to DL, Duda ready to step in

wow  now i see why the red sox were smart to get rid of him<br />

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:32 pm

Bay headed to DL, Duda ready to step in

This administration obviously understands how to treat players. Bay should be shelved and allowed to heal. The weather in Philly and NYC won't be great in the next week or so, so why risk aggravating this injury? Duda and Hairston can hold down the fort and they'll probably have to do this once Beltran makes his annual trip(s) to the DL in RF. Both players play hard and Lucas has a ton of upside.

Bay is important to the Mets offensive success in 2011. I have no faith in Beltran to play 125+ games and even if he plays most of them, I expect a player who will struggle all year. Reyes, Pagan, Wright, Davis and Bay are all big keys to the offense. Thole and Emaus could be pleasant additions as well. Hairston, Duda, Murphy, Harris and hopefully Paulino all will be guys with pop coming off the bench.

I have a feeling Bay will get back to his normal year and expect 20-90-.280 from him and solid defense. Bay needs to prove to Mets fans he can play and help this team now and in the future. Rest up and come out hacking!

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