The New York Mets today announced outfielder Lucas Duda underwent surgery yesterday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to repair a fracture in his right wrist.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Weiland, the Mets’ hand specialist.
The fracture occurred while Duda was moving furniture last month at his apartment in Southern California. Duda will be discharged from HSS today and is expected to be ready for Spring Training in February.
Anthony DiComo of Mets.com adds:
Duda, 26, hit .239 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs in 121 games this season, playing a mix of both corner-outfield positions and first base. Counted on in Spring Training to replace Carlos Beltran as the team’s everyday right fielder, Duda slumped so badly around midsummer that the Mets demoted him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Now, his future is murky. Duda could win a starting outfield job outright in Spring Training, he could settle into a left-field platoon with Jason Bay, or he could take over at first base if the Mets decide to trade Ike Davis.
Despite the possibilities, the Mets are still unsure if Duda can be an everyday player anywhere given his defensive limitations and his .662 OPS this season against left-handed pitchers.
I’m convinced, we’re jinxed. 🙂