Mets have recalled Lucas Duda from his rehab and then optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Terry Collins spoke to reporters before the game and it was clear the decision was based more on his defensive deficiencies more than anything else.
“You know, with what we’ve got in the outfield and with what Ike (Davis) has done so far, I don’t know where we’re going to put him,” Collins said.
The manager then added that the current outfield defense has changed the way the Mets are pitching.
“If the ball’s hit, there’s great confidence it’s going to get caught. It’s made a difference in our pitching – there’s confidence to challenge hitters and go in the strike zone more. Especially at home in this big park and we’ve got all that speed out there, including Marlon in right field, who can run some mistakes down.”
Duda will be back in September, but this was the right move. He wasn’t hitting and looked awful from what we saw during his games with Binghamton and Las Vegas. He was batting .146 in 51 plate appearances during his rehab, and quite frankly, there was no chance he was unseating Eric Young Jr. in left field.
Duda has been on the disabled list since late June with a strained intercostal muscle.
I wonder if they will continue playing him in the outfield or if they’ll start playing him at first base now that they’ve figured out he’s not an outfielder?
In a few days, he is expected to either be activated from the DL or assigned to Triple-A as Ruben Tejada was, I’m thinking it’s the latter.
Duda was hitting .235 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 226 at-bats with the Mets before he got injured.