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Mets demote Lucas Duda to Triple-A

Jul 24, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

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Lucas Duda‘s stay of execution was a short one.

Several reports had him likely to be demoted to Triple-A yesterday, but instead the Mets decided to send down reliever Pedro Beato following his ugly appearance versus the Nationals last night.

That means Duda stuck around in the majors … but only for an extra 12 hours or so. He’s been optioned to Triple-A, with the Mets choosing to keep Kirk Nieuwenhuis around as outfield depth instead.

Duda worked his way into an extended opportunity with a strong performance last season, but hit just .241 with a .726 OPS in 89 games. He did flash solid power and plate discipline with 12 homers and 42 walks, but because of his poor defense Duda really has to produce to be a worthwhile regular.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Lucas Duda‘s stay of execution was a short one.

    Geez Gleeman, you make Sandy sound like the Red Queen.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I totally understand demoting Duda. He’s had 3 extra base hits in the last 5 weeks. But calling Harvey up today was asinine of the Mets. He’s not pitching until Thursday. Why leave the bench short for 2 games?

    And hell, if you’re going to recall a pitcher, bring a reliever up for the two games.

    And P.S.,

    The Mets recently had Lucas Duda t-shirt night.

  3. kappy32 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Thank God. Duda is garbage.

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