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.
Duda last appeared in a game on Friday. He was originally in Satuday's lineup but was scratched because his back continued to bother him.
He's hitting .231 with a .297 OBP and .431 SLG with seven HR and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season.
Kelly was leading all of minor league baseball with a batting average of .391 and a .478 on-base percentage, to go with two HRs and 15 RBIs, while splitting time between the outfield, third base, first base, and shortstop.
When speaking to reporters, Terry Collins mentioned Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, and Kevin Plawecki as possible solutions at 1B, in addition to Eric Campbell, who's been starting in place of Duda at first base with Wilmer Flores on the disabled list, and Flores.
In talking with people close to the team, I expect this to be at least a four- to six-week recovery, and then he'll have to get back in to baseball shape, find his swing, etc., so it'll be a while before Duda is back rocking.
This is not the end of the world for the Mets lineup, but it's a meaningful hit, specifically during those three or four weeks a season when Lucas goes on an all-world tear. Also, losing him throws off the bench. And so, suddenly, what was once a strength -- power and versatility -- is now in less supply.
I'm intrigued by Kelly, but neither he nor Campbell are long-tern answers at first base. And, frankly, neither is Flores, who will likely get the gig most of the time when he returns from the disabled list. Instead, acquiring a proven, stable first baseman, who knows the position, will have to become Sandy Alderson's top priority when teams start talking trades this summer.... In the meantime, good luck, Lucas.