As expected, the Mets have announced that they have optioned Lucas Duda to Triple-A Buffalo.
Duda was batting .241/.335/.391 in in 89 games with a dozen home runs and 44 RBI. Duda drew 42 walks and struck out 94 times in 307 at-bats this season, almost a third of the time.
The big guy was mired in a horrendous slump in July that forced Terry Collins to start using other options in right field. His defense in the outfield cost the Mets a few games this month as well.
This clears the way for Matt Harvey who is now active and with the Mets.
Original Post 8:00 AM
Following last night’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, reliever Pedro Beato was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by the Mets, and reliever Manny Acosta was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace him om the roster.
For Beato, Monday’s meltdown was the second time in a week that Beato cost the Mets a game. Last Tuesday Beato uncorked a game-ending bases-loaded wild pitch in another 10th inning loss to the Nationals.
In seven games with the Mets this season, Beato posted a 10.38 ERA, having allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile Acosta tossed two scoreless innings Monday night for Buffalo and since he was demoted there he has posted a 2.28 ERA in 17 appearances spanning 28 innings.
The Mets still need to clear room for Matt Harvey’s activation today and there have been strong indications Lucas Duda will be that casualty.
Before last night’s game, comments by Sandy Alderson led many to believe that Duda would be optioned including Gary Cohen and Ron Darling who mentioned it a few times throughout the broadcast.