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Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda took grounders on Monday but did not swing a bat, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters.

Duda missed all three workouts this past weekend and after getting a cortisone shot Friday in each of his hips.

"We'll take a few days now, instead of taking two weeks down the road," Duda explained, according to NJ.com. "We're just being cautious. In a couple days, I should be ready to go."

Duda, who missed more than 100 games last season due to a stress fracture in his back, said the two conditions are related, but does not expect to get another cortisone shot before getting back on field.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

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Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 1B Lucas Duda missed roughly four months in 2016 due to a stress fracture in his spine.

He was batting .231 with seven HR in 39 games prior to his injury. He returned in in mid-September, played in eight games, started six at first base and hit .217 with no home runs, two doubles and seven strikeouts in 27 plate appearances.

Duda, 30, is already in Port St. Lucie tracking pitches at Tradition Field, according to pictures posted by the team's Instagram account...

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with 1B Lucas Duda, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $7.25 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Duda, 30, hit .229 with a .302 OBP and .412 SLG with seven HR last season while being limited to just 47 games due to a back injury.

He hit .244 with a .352 OBP and .486 SLG with 27 HR in 135 games in 2015.

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)

The deadline for teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures is January 13, after which the final salary will be determined during an arbitration hearing.

The Mets intend to take a more strict position on their potential arbitration cases than they have in past, Newsday's Marc Carig reported Thursday.

According to Carig, if the two sides cannot agree by Friday's deadline, the Mets have no issue letting the situation play out in arbitration.

This year's remaining, unsigned arbitration-eligible players for the Mets are...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud
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Expectations for Duda in 2017 00:02:45
Mets Hot Stove debates whether or not Lucas Duda can produce consistently in 2017.

Going into 2016, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Lucas Duda would man first base for the bulk of the season, coming off two straight years of solid production.

A back injury derailed that plan, though, and the Mets found themselves turning to James Loney as a fill-in for the majority of the season, with Wilmer Flores seeing time against left-handed pitching until he too hit the disabled list...

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Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets and MLB teams have until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

If they decide to tender (offer, guarantee) a contract, the Mets retain team control over that player, after which the two sides are free to begin negotiating his 2016 salary. If the Mets decide to non-tender the player, he immediately becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

This year's arbitration eligible players for the Mets include...

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned free-agent OF Jose Bautista and 1B-OF Steve Pearce as the type of players he might pursue if he's unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio on Wednesday that he sees three ways to get right-handed power back in to the team's lineup next season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Can Wright contribute? 00:06:03
Mets Hot Stove talks about how David Wright factors into the team's future plans.

The Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from David Wright in 2017, GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night.

"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said during an interview on WOR 710. "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."

Wright, who turns 34 in December and hasn't yet resumed baseball activity, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson and his staff had a healthy debate about Lucas Duda's value. But, in the end, sources say they'll likely bring him back for 2017, after which he'll be eligible to be a free agent.

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Going into 2016, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Lucas Duda would man first base for the bulk of the season, coming off two straight years of solid production.

A back injury derailed that plan, though, and the Mets found themselves turning to James Loney as a fill-in for the majority of the season, with Wilmer Flores seeing time against left-handed pitching until he too hit the disabled list...

Tags: James Loney, Lucas Duda, Maggie Wiggin
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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)
Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)

MLB announced that the qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason.

Teams have until five days after the World Series ends to extend the offer to players that qualify.

The Mets will need to decide whether to make the one-year, $17.2 million offer to Neil Walker, as well as Yoenis Cespedes (if he opts out of his contract within his three-day window after the World Series).

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Addison Reed stares down a pitch against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  (USA Today)
Addison Reed stares down a pitch against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. (USA Today)

The Mets have 12 players eligible for arbitration this offseason. MLB Trade Rumors has calculated estimated salary figures of what each player is projected to receive through arbitration negotiations:

Player 2016 Salary MLBTR 2017
Josh Edgin $500,000 $800,000
Jeurys Familia $4,100,000 $8,800,000
Lucas Duda $4,200,000 $6,700,000
Matt Harvey $4,300,000 $5,200,000
Jacob deGrom $600,000 $4,500,000
Rene Rivera $443,000 $2,200,000
Addison Reed $5,200,000 $11,100,000
Wilmer Flores $520,000 $1,900,000
Travis d'Arnaud $540,000 $1,700,000
Justin Ruggiano $180,000 $1,500,000
Jim Henderson $507,000 $1,400,000
Zack Wheeler $546,000 $1,000,000
Total $21,636,000 $46,800,000

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Wow, that's a big raise for Reed. Of course, he had one of the greatest seasons ever by a set-up guy, so it's understandable.

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Jacob deGrom high fives students at PS 89 in Queens on Friday. Credit: Marc Levine | NY Mets
Jacob deGrom high fives students at PS 89 in Queens on Friday. Credit: Marc Levine | NY Mets

After undergoing elbow surgery last month, New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom expects to adhere to his normal throwing program in spring training in February, he told reporters Friday after meeting with students at P.S. 89 in Queens.

DeGrom had surgery in September to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, which had been causing him pain when throwing earlier in the season.

"Talking to the doctors, I don't know what really caused this," deGrom said. "He said it can pop up like that. Your nerve can get messed up, but there was definitely stress last year."

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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It's going to be a busy, argumentative and stressful offseason. I can see it coming a mile away. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful because of the young rotation. However, because of their injuries, and the team being home on Oct. 6, it feels like the Mets took a step in the wrong direction during 2016.

Therefore, there will be lots of pressure this winter (inside and outside the organization) to be sure they're in a much better position when they hit Port St. Lucie, Florida in four months.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, James Loney, Jerry Blevins, Jon Niese, Kelly Johnson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Last night was a confusing experience. It was painful to experience 1,500 innings of baseball between March through last night, only to see it all go up in flames in the span of 10 minutes. I thought a few hours sleep might help my perspective, but it didn't. I'm still unsure where to begin this post-game write up. So, here's where I'm at with the following...


Tags: Eric Campbell, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants, Travis d'Arnaud, Ty Kelly, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets first baseman James Loney was on the field more than Lucas Duda during Tuesday's workout at Citi Field.

As a result, multiple reporters indicated Wednesday morning that Terry Collins could be leaning toward starting Loney during tonight's Wild Card game against the Giants.

"I have a good feeling about tomorrow, I think it's going to be good for me," Loney told reporters after the workout. "I feel confident. Obviously, it's going to be their decision, but I'll be ready."

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The Mets need to cut down to 25 players and set a Wild Card roster by Wednesday's night's Wild Card game against the Giants at Citi Field.

The buzz from Citi Field is that they'll probably end up starting left-handed hitting 1B Lucas Duda against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner, as opposed to James Loney. In that case, it's possible Loney is left off the roster entirely, because they'll need Eric Campbell to be a right-handed bat off the bench. Also, Terry Collins said Sunday that Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman will be left behind, since one of the two of them will be needed to start Game 2 of the NLDS, in the event the Mets win Wednesday.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Eric Campbell, James Loney, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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James Loney and Jay Bruce hit two-run homers and Jeurys Familia earned his 50th save of the season as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday night in Miami >> Read more



The Cardinals and Giants both lost, meaning the Mets are two losses up on the Cardinals and one loss up on the Giants in the Wild Card race.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to soreness, Terry Collins told reporters before Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Duda was replaced at first base by James Loney.

According to Collins, Duda's back is fine, he was simply sore from his recent workload and from playing a full game and running the bases the day before.

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Bruce's two-run, upper-deck shot 00:00:53
Jay Bruce flexes his muscles with a two-run homer into the upper deck, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning.

Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda combined to go 4 for 9 with five RBIs to lead the New York Mets to a 12-1 rout over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Bruce went 2 for 5 with two RBIs, hitting a 2-1 home run in the second inning off Tom Koehler (9-13) that gave the Mets the lead for good.

"I like where I am right now," Bruce said. "So, I hopefully finish strong and help us to get in a good position for that home wild-card game."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, James Loney, Lucas Duda, Miami Marlins, Yoenis Cespedes
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Lucas Duda will be activated off the disabled list Saturday and rejoin the Mets, the team announced.  




Latest update (Saturday, Sept. 17)

3:50 p.m.: Duda said he is excited to be back with the team after an extended rehab. He said he recently look ground balls and some live batting practice. 

"It's almost surreal," Duda said Saturday. "It's like the first call up. Happy to be here and to be around the guys and see familiar faces. Hopefully can help out."

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Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

"I don't care who is not here, there are no excuses," Mets manager Terry Collins said during a post-game rant to reporters Aug. 11, which followed an embarrassing 9-0 loss to the D-backs at Citi Field.

In response to one question, he called out his team's effort, their respect for the game and their passion to play and entertain fans. He threatened that if his team didn't begin to play better, he and GM Sandy Alderson would consider replacing them with guys on the Triple-A roster. He then stood up, took no more questions, marched out of the room and gave the same speech to his team.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Mets took two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend, including a 5-1 win on Sunday night when Seth Lugo allowed one run over seven innings and Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce homered.

The Cardinals lost two of three games over the weekend, so the Mets moved within one game of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Steven Matz was hit hard as the Mets lost to the Yankees, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.



Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the 15-day DL after Wednesday's game after aggravating his quad injury. Brandon Nimmo was called up to replace him on the roster >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Lucas Duda, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets took two of three games from the Marlins over the weekend in Miami, including a 3-0 win on Sunday >> Read more



The Mets are interested in Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy and two of Milwaukee's relievers >> Read more

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda joined the Mets in Miami on Saturday and hopes to start a rehab assignment within a few weeks, he told reporters.



Latest update

Duda worked on tracking pitches at Marlins Park, and according to reporters, he is aiming to start a rehab in the coming weeks, though the date has not yet been determined. 

"I think in the next couple of weeks it should be healed and I'll be ready to go on an assignment and get back here as soon as I can," Duda said Saturday, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin

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New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) celebrates the final out of Atlanta Braves second baseman Jace Peterson (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Turner Field. (Jason Getz)
New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) celebrates the final out of Atlanta Braves second baseman Jace Peterson (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Turner Field. (Jason Getz)

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Mets infielders and pitchers should be thankful James Loney is at first base. He's played very well in the field since joining their team in early June.

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 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

Jeurys Familia escaped a bases loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Mets beat the Cubs, 2-1, at Wrigley Field >> Read more



Lucas Duda, who has been out since May due to a back injury, resumed baseball activity on Monday in St. Lucie >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

The Mets took two of three games from the Phillies over the weekend, including a 5-0 win on Sunday, while the Nationals and Marlins each won two of three during their respective series >> Read more 



The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto from Triple-A Las Vegas and demote OF Brandon Nimmo prior to Monday's game >> Read more

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) celebrates the final out of Atlanta Braves second baseman Jace Peterson (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Turner Field. (Jason Getz)
New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) celebrates the final out of Atlanta Braves second baseman Jace Peterson (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Turner Field. (Jason Getz)

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With Lucas Duda cleared for baseball activity, but still a ways away from returning to Citi Field, the Mets need James Loney to continue his run of solid play since joining the team at the end of May.

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Apr 23, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly off of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (43) in the first inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Apr 23, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly off of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (43) in the first inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda is rehabbing in Port St. Lucie and at least two weeks away from returning to baseball activity, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday in DC.

Duda, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a stress fracture in his back, was limited to riding a bike as of mid June, ESPN's Adam Rubin reported.

In early June, Terry Collins said Duda is expected to be out until at least mid July.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Matt Reynolds hit his first career home run that snapped a sixth-inning tie and the Mets held on to sweep the two-game series from the Royals, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field >> Read more



Noah Syndergaard left his start on Wednesday after six innings due to elbow discomfort, but does not have structural damage. He was cleared to resume his normal routine >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins looks on from the dugout prior to taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins looks on from the dugout prior to taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets might not wait until the Aug. 1 trade deadline to make a trade, Jeff Wilpon said at a Harlem RBI event on Monday, according to Newsday's Neil Best.

"I think we might need to do something before that because the deadline is still four, six weeks away," Wilpon said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

Manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that he might consider shaking up the roster after the Mets were swept by the Atlanta Braves and lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.

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 (Brett Davis)
(Brett Davis)

Mets manager Terry Collins has spoken with Neil Walker about a potential move to third base, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Collins noted that Dilson Herrera could play second base at some point this summer with Walker at third base, but said such a move isn't close.

The Mets, who are without third baseman David Wright (neck) and first baseman Lucas Duda (back) have been using Wilmer Flores at third base most of the time.

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Collins, deGrom on loss 00:03:51
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom talk about the loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates.

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Both of the Mets' losses to the Pirates on Tuesday were close, but it never felt that way. They fell behind early, and I never felt confident they could come back to win.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets and Pirates were rained out in Pittsburgh on Monday night.

The game will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader that begins at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday.


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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

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After an April of offensive prosperity, a mundane May has many Mets fans thinking their team is in the midst of a redux to the 2015 pre-trade deadline days.

Tags: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Cardinals have released INF Ruben Tejada.

Tejada, 26, had signed with the Cardinals after being released by the Mets on March 16 after passing through waivers. 

He suffered a strained quad late during Spring Training and opened the season on the disabled list.

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney doubles during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney doubles during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets have activated James Loney and have optioned Eric Campbell to Triple-A, the team announced Tuesday. Loney will start at first base and bat sixth against the White Sox on Tuesday night.

The Mets acquired Loney on Saturday from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations. Loney, who had a .342/.373/.424 batting line in 43 games in Triple-A this season, will likely be part of a platoon at first base and will start against right-handed pitchers.

Assistant GM John Ricco said last week the Mets would look externally for a replacement for Lucas Duda, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores takes batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores takes batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was activated off the disabled list and will start Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at third base in place of David Wright.

Flores, out since May 12 with a strained left hamstring, began a brief rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton earlier this week. He will start at third base as Wright battles a neck injury that is unrelated to his spinal stenosis condition.

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets could use Flores as an option at first base with Lucas Duda out several weeks with a stress fracture in his back and the newly-acquired James Loney not expected to be activated until Tuesday.

Tags: David Wright, Los Angeles Dodgers, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) reacts and points to he dugout as he singles during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) reacts and points to he dugout as he singles during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Mets and GM Sandy Alderson plan to look at outside options to fill the first base spot while Lucas Duda is on the disabled list, reports ESPN New York's Adam Rubin

Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a stress fracture in his back and is expected to miss four to six weeks, according to Terry Collins. Eric Campbell has started in his place the last four games.

"We're not ruling out anything externally," Alderson said, according to Rubin. "We'll continue to monitor what's available. We haven't at this point decided that we're just going to go with what we have."

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda was put on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back, the team announced before Monday's game.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets hit three home runs as they beat the Nationals, 7-1, on Monday night to move within a half game of first place >> Read more



Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a stress fracture in his back and is expected to miss at least four-to-six weeks >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY 00:05:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses how the Mets should replace Lucas Duda while on the disabled list.

The New York Mets could look to trade for Lucas Duda's replacement at first base as he nurses a back injury, assistant GM John Ricco said before Monday's game against the Washington Nationals.

"We're not going to be able to replace Lucas Duda internally," Ricco said.

Duda is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores
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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY 00:05:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses how the Mets should replace Lucas Duda while on the disabled list.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back.

INF/OF Ty Kelly has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Duda's spot on the roster. In order to make room for Kelly on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated LHP Dario Alvarez.

Duda was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday and his MRI was to be reviewed by Dr. David Altchek on Monday.

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Lucas Duda, who had his stiff back examined by doctors on Sunday, could soon be replaced on the roster by Triple-A utiltyman Ty Kelly.



Updates from May 23

The Mets could look to promote Ty Kelly if Lucas Duda has to miss time, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Kelly arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday in advance of the Mets' series with the Nationals, the NY Post reported.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Lucas Duda
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