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The Mets said Lucas Duda faced live pitching yesterday in Port St. Lucie.

Duda had surgery in November to repair a fracture in his right wrist, which he suffered moving furniture.

The New York Post recently reported that Duda planned to work with hitting coach Dave Hudgens on taking the same swings in games as he does in the cage.

“David Wright looks the same in the cage as he does during the game and Ike Davis is the same way,” Hudgens told the Post earlier this month. “With Lucas, it’s a little bit different. He’s a little calmer in the cage, and then he gets in the game, probably the adrenaline and the emotion of the game, he gets wound up and going 100 mph.”

In 121 games with the Mets last season, Duda hit .239 with a .329 OBP and .719 OPS, 15 home runs and 57 RBI with 51 walks and 120 strikeouts in 401 at-bats.

“Duda just needs to get hot, he’s going to be a monster, we’re going to have a good core,’’ Ike Davis told the New York Post.

This season, I believe Duda is capable of hitting 25 home runs, maybe more, if he can cut down on his strikeouts and hit more fly balls. It seems simple, but at his age it will require work. So, I like hearing about him getting to camp early and getting more swings. He needs it and I'm glad he's seemingly healthy. Frankly, as rough as his fielding can be, it can be helped significantly if he picks up his power.

Tags: MetsBlog , Matthew Cerrone
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