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.
The Mets recalled infielder Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the active roster, and manager Terry Collins suggested several other players, including Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, Kevin Plawecki and Eric Campbell could play first base in the interim.
Collins also said Wilmer Flores, who begins a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, could also fill in at first base.
Duda, 30, was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season. He is eligible to become a free agent in 2018.