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21 Lucas Duda 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/256 | Birthdate: 2/3/1986 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 83/12 | Average Draft Position: 151.31
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda begins taking swings


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was able to swing a bat on Wednesday, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

Duda is on the disabled list with a back injury. He has not played since Aug. 21.


Back injury forces Mets' Lucas Duda to 15-day disabled list


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a back injury. Duda was forced to exit Friday night's game in the seventh inning after his back locked up on him during the game. He missed six games last week due to the injury and now will have to miss at least 15 more.

"He obviously never fully healed to have it reoccur that quickly," assistant general manager John Ricco said, per ESPN.com. "We gave it a chance last time [without the DL]. The four, five, six days didn't knock it out. I think it's obvious we need to give it more time. While he was cleared to play last time, obviously there was still something in there that it reoccurred. So we decided this time to give it the full 15 days."

It is not yet known if Duda will require more than the 15 days to recover. The Mets recalled reliever Dario Alvarez to replace him on the active roster.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda leaves Friday's game with back injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda left Friday's game against the Rockies in the seventh inning when his back locked up on him. Duda missed six games recently due to a lunbar strain in his lower back.

It appears Duda will not play on Saturday, and the Mets will decide whether or not to place him on the disabled list by Sunday, according to ESPN.com.

Duda went 1 for 4 with an RBI before leaving the eventual 14-9 victory on Friday.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda back in the lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/18/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Orioles. Duda hasn't started a game in over a week due to a back injury.

But he seems good to go now and he'll be hitting cleanup on Tuesday.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda remains sidelined Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will be held out of his sixth straight game Sunday, the team announced. Duda is dealing with a back injury. He was replaced at first by Michael Cuddyer, who will bat sixth.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda misses fifth straight start with back injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will miss at least one more start, as he remains out of the lineup against the Pirates on Saturday. Duda is dealing with a lumbar strain in his lower back, which has kept him out of the lineup since Tuesday.

Daniel Murphy will be at first base on Saturday while Duda continues to recover. There has been no current update on Duda's status for Sunday's series-finale.


Mets' Lucas Duda misses another game, Collins admits concern


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was unable to rejoin the starting lineup Thursday against the Rockies, missing a third straight game due to a back injury.

Manager Terry Collins said "there's a concern" regarding Duda before joking with reporters that Duda's situation is at "DEFCON 5."

Collins added a stint on the disabled list is not a possibility, but also said that could change in a day if Duda is not able to play.

"He got some medicine last night," Collins said. "The trainers and doctors feel that in another 24 hours they'll have a better determination of if it's going to work and how he's going to feel.

"He doesn't feel much better today than he did yesterday. The one thing I'm not going to do is aggravate it to the point where it bothers his swing."

Duda is batting .263 in his last 26 games. However, he is slugging .663 with a 1.012 OPS in that span. Duda also has 11 home runs and 21 RBI in his last 26 games.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda still out with a stiff back on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Rockies. Duda was held out of Tuesday's game with a stiff back, and it seems the issue has not cleared up enough for him to return to the lineup.

Michael Cuddyer will cover first base on Wednesday while Duda continues to recover.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda dealing with sore back


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) A stiff back kept Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies, reports NJ.com.

He was replaced at first by Daniel Murphy, who will bat second. Over his last 13 games, Duda is hitting .326 with seven home runs and 15 RBI.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched Friday against LHP Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) A matchup against tough Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of the lineup Friday night.

Duda, who is 3-for-17 lifetime against Gonzalez, is just two days removed from a three-homer game. He has also hit lefties well this year with 28 hits in 93 at-bats.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushes three solo home runs on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda was responsible for all the Mets' offense in the 7-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. Duda busted out his first career three-homer game, blasting a trio of solo bombs over the right-field wall.

Duda is locked in at the plate right now, as he has gone deep seven times in his last four games. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda slams two-run home run in win Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board early on Tuesday. The young slugger blasted a two-run home run in the first inning off the Padres' James Shields, giving the Mets a quick 2-0 advantage. They would go on to win the game 4-0.

The home run was Duda's 15th of the year, and the fifth in his last 14 games. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda blasts two solo home runs in Saturday win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda broke out of his recent power outage in Saturday's 15-2 whopping of the Dodgers. Duda, who had homered just twice in his previous 29 games, blasted a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's win.

Duda launched a moon shot in the sixth inning, and then added a laser beam of a homer in the eighth, giving him 14 on the season. 

The two homers were Duda's only hits of the game, but the Mets are hoping this is the start of a power surge for their slugging first baseman. 


Eric Campbell replaces Lucas Duda at first for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game. 
Duda has started 86 games at first, including the last eight.

He's replaced by Eric Campbell, who starts his first game of the year at that position. Campbell had 14 starts at first base last season.  


Mets 1B Lucas Duda cracks another home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went yard for the second straight game, as he launched a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Duda's fourth-inning blast came off D-Backs starter Patrick Corbin, who had retired 10 batters in a row prior to the home run.

This was Duda's 12th home run of the year, and his fifth against left-handers. 

"When he stays middle of the field, he's real dangerous," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "That's what he should do. That's what he should be. This guy has power to all fields. There is no park in either league that should hold this guy." 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushes three-run home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda broke out of a dreadful funk at the plate when he launched a three-run home run on Friday. Duda's blast gave the Mets a 3-1 lead in the first inning, as they went on to beat the Diamondbacks 4-2. 

The homer was Duda's 11th of the season, and his first since June 18. It was Duda's only hit of the night, and he has just three hits in 33 at-bats this month. 


Mets remain confident in Lucas Duda amid prolonged hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's hitting slump has reached several weeks and it appears there is no end in sight. Duda is batting .157 with just one home run in his last 35 games.

"He's got to be real good in the strike zone," hitting coach Kevin Long said, per NJ.com. "He's got to make sure he stays in the strike zone. He's got to make sure he stays disciplined in the strike zone and not expand. It doesn't do him any good."

Despite Duda's prolonged slump, the Mets remain confident in the 29-year-old slugger. In fact, manager Terry Collins feels Duda will surpass 30 home runs this season.

"I think it's more just getting his confidence back and getting him feeling good in the box," Long said. "When you don't get hits and you start to struggle in the box. It becomes a test to how strong you can be mentally. We gotta make sure we keep him strong mentally."


Mets 1B Lucas Duda not in Monday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was held out of Monday's lineup at the Giants, the team announced.

He was replaced at first base by Michael Cuddyer, who will bat fifth. Krik Nieuwenhuis received the start in left field. Duda is hitting .138 with two doubles and four RBI in his last 15 games.

The Mets are the underdogs (+135) at San Francisco on Monday.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda mired in month-long hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda heads into Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs trying to emerge from a month-long slump.

The 29-year-old slugger is batting just .179 (17 for 95) with a .263 slugging percentage and .570 OPS in his last 26 games. He has one home run, five doubles, nine RBI, seven runs, 14 walks and 28 strikeouts in that span.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda blasts off against Toronto knuckleballer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) There was one bright spot for the Mets in a miserable loss at Toronto on Thursday. His name is Lucas Duda.

The first baseman provided the lone run and one of just three hits when he slugged an R.A. Dickey pitch over the fence in right-center. It landed 406 feet away from home plate.

Duda, who now has 10 homers this season, is batting .320 (8-for-25) over the last six games after a 5-for-40 slide that lowered his batting average from .305 to .271.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda sits with lefty on hill Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) With left-hander Alex Wood on the hill Friday for the Braves, first baseman Lucas Duda was not in the starting lineup for the Mets. Michael Cuddyer, who usually starts in left field, took over at first base for New York.

Duda is off to a rough start in June, batting .103 (3 for 29) with no home runs in nine games. Although, he has performed well against lefties in 2015. He is batting .345 with four home runs against lefties.

But he has not hit well against Braves starter Alex Wood, with just two hits in 10 career at-bats against the lefty. That, coupled with his recent struggles overall, is why manager Terry Collins opted to sit Duda on Friday, according to the Star-Ledger.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda struggling at the plate in June


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda ended the month of May on a hot 12-for-36 tear over the final 10 games of the month. But since the calendar flipped to June, Duda has had a rough time at the plate. 

Duda has just two hits in 24 at-bats over the first seven games this month while striking out eight times. The cold spell has dropped his batting average from .293 at the start of the month to it's current .272 clip. 

The power-hitting first baseman was hit by a pitch in his knee on May 31, so he could be feeling some after-effects from that.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda good to go for Tuesday vs. Padres


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Padres. Duda was scratched from Monday's tilt due to left knee soreness after being hit by pitch on Sunday.

But he seems to have overcome the injury enough to return to first base on Tuesday. He'll hit third in the batting order. Michael Cuddyer moves back to left field with Duda back in the lineup. 


1B Lucas Duda (knee) not in Mets' lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Padres. 

Duda was hit by a pitch in the left knee in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. Duda's knee was feeling sore on Monday, which is why he's getting the night off. With Duda out, Michael Cuddyer will play first base and bat fourth. 

"I just kind of got hit in a funny spot," Duda said, per MLB.com. "I'll take [Monday] and play [Tuesday]."

With Cuddyer at first, Darrell Ceciliani draws a start in left field. After getting a day off on Sunday, catcher Kevin Plawecki returns to the lineup and will hit eighth. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda goes yard in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda continued his recent power surge at the plate in Friday's loss to the Marlins. Duda went 1 for 4 and launched his ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.

The solo shot was Duda's sixth in his last seven games, and he maintains an impressive .304 batting average on the season. 

"He's hot, he's red-hot," manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "Earlier in the week, somebody brought up the fact that he hasn't been hitting homers. When it starts to warm up, he'll hit all the homers we expect him to hit. He's doing that."