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Mets recall Lucas Duda from Triple-A

Aug 24, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

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The Mets announced this morning that they have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas. In turn, Mike Baxter has been optioned back down to the minors.

Duda batted .235/.353/.438 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI through 68 games this season prior to landing on the disabled list with an oblique strain in late June. After completing a rehab assignment, the 27-year-old was optioned to Triple-A, where he hit .306 (19-for-62) with zero homers, three doubles and a 15/14 K/BB ratio over 18 games.

As Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com notes, because Duda was in the minors for less than 20 days after being optioned, the Mets will not lose his option status for this year. This means he will have one option left for 2014.

Duda primarily played first base while in Triple-A, but it’s unclear what role he’ll have now that he’s back with the big club. Ike Davis owns a .272/.435/.439 batting line in 41 games since returning from his demotion, though he’s currently in a 5-for-29 funk. While Eric Young, Jr. has struggled at the plate over the past month or so, the Mets probably don’t want to see Duda lumbering around in left field again.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I can’t see Terry Collins sitting either EY Jr. or Byrd. Duda will probably be a bench bat. He might get some starts at first against righties, but the team is probably better served playing Ike there.

    Duda, Ike Davis, and probably Daniel Murphy will all be gone next year.

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  2. antelope850 - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Surprising that he hit for a good average, and good on base percentage, but no power in Las Vegas.

    Duda’s a 20 homer guy. But he probably needs to be a 30 homer guy to make it worth putting up with his fielding, even at first base. Can’t see him as the regular left fielder anymore.

  3. roadtrip3500 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    As Rubin said, this was just to protect the remaining option. Duda is already on the 40, so he would have come up next weekend anyway. He’ll get a spot start at 1st on days they put Satin at 3rd (Flores looks like that ankle is still hurting and they can now sit him). And Baxter will likely be back next Sunday anyway.

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