Per the Mets, they have recalled OF/1B Lucas Duda from his rehab assignment, and optioned him directly back to AAA Las Vegas.
The Mets’ outfield is set with Eric Young, Jr. in left field, Juan Lagares in center field, and Marlon Byrd in right field. Additionally, first base is currently occupied by Ike Davis, who the team needs to evaluate between now and the end of the season. Crowding things further, is the addition of Wilmer Flores, who may see some time at first base on days that Davis doesn’t play.
While with the Mets earlier this season, Duda had a triple slash of .235, .353, .438, with 11 home runs and 13 doubles. He strained his intercostal in late June, and hasn’t appeared in a game with the Mets since June 21st.
Barring a need popping up, the 27 year old Duda will likely remain in AAA Las Vegas (along with shortstop Ruben Tejada) until the rosters expand on September 1st.
Now that the Mets have gotten used to above average defense in the outfield, it’d be stunning if they ran Duda (a defensive liability) back out there at the big league level. While he’s in AAA, the Mets should play him primarily at first base. Whether they’ll do that remains to be seen.