Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both played in a minor league game this afternoon at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
Both sluggers were designated hitters (how did that work?) and got five at-bats each.
Davis went 1-for-3 with two walks, while Duda went 0-for-4 with one walk.
The first base competition is back on!
It’s been almost two weeks since first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have played their position in any Grapefruit League games this Spring. What were initially deemed as mild leg stiffness and soreness, is apparently much more than that and has put a halt to what supposed to be the most interesting position battle in in Mets camp.
Sandy Alderson remarked on how their lack of activity is making it difficult to assess who will be at first base come Opening Day.
“It changes things pretty radically, the fact that they haven’t been out there, or haven’t been out there very much. We have a couple of weeks — almost three weeks — left. Hopefully they’ll get back out there. But I think, given the fact it’s a truncated version of spring training for both of them, you’ve got to be cautious about making judgments. So we will be.”
I’m sure this has impacted both of their trade value as well. Both of them were tough sells when they were healthy so you can imagine how they are viewed now.
On Wednesday, the two of them tossed a ball, did some light hitting and fielded grounders, but were prohibited from doing any baserunning. That seems to be the plan for each of them today.
Manager Terry Collins hopes Davis and Duda will be able to DH in minor league games by this weekend. But he’s been inaccurately projecting their return to playing games since March 3, so who knows.
The good news, is that Davis had his boot removed yesterday after hobbling around in it for the previous three days.
The fact of the matter is that everyday that the returns of Davis and Duda are prolonged, brings the Mets closer to the start of a new season with first base unresolved and in the air – much as we left off last season.
(Photo by Alejandra Villa)