Mets’ Lucas Duda for third straight day due to stiff back

By Ryan Punzalan

Uh-oh. For the third straight day, the first place New York Mets will be without their slugging first baseman, Lucas Duda.

Terry Collins has reported that Duda has been suffering from a stiff back for the past few days and was hoping Duda would be well enough to appear in today’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

Duda felt better after taking batting practice yesterday and hoped that he would be inserted in today’s lineup. However, Collins announced that Duda’s back isn’t good enough to play and he has taken some medicine to help speed up the healing process.

Earlier this morning, Collins admitted that there was “some concern” with his first baseman, but not a pressing one.

This season, Lucas Duda is batting .247/.346/.476 with 21 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 27 doubles.