Mets place Duda on DL, promote Alvarez

By Danny Abriano

The New York Mets placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list and promoted LHP Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Saturday night’s game against the Rockies in Colorado, the team said.

Duda, who is hitting .247/.346/.472 with 21 home runs and 56 RBI, has been dealing with a back injury.

Alvarez, 26, posted a 1.08 ERA while striking out 16.20 per nine innings in 8.1 innings pitched after being promoted to Las Vegas.

Earlier this season with Double-A Binghamton, Alvarez posted a 3.19 ERA and 1.19 WHIP while striking out 12.48 per nine in 31 innings pitched.

Alvarez made his major league debut last season, appearing in four games (1.1 innings) for the Mets.

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With Duda landing on the disabled list and Alvarez called up, the Mets now have 13 pitchers and 12 position players.

Duda missed six games last week due to the back issue that finally forced him to the disabled list. The injury was minor enough for the team to not immediately disable him, so it’s possible he’ll be able to return as soon as the minimum 15 days are up.

With David Wright set to be activated from the disabled list on Monday and Logan Verrett making a spot-start for Matt Harvey on Sunday, it’s likely that the Mets will demote Verrett to Triple-A at that time — meaning the roster would again consist of 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Wright is in Saturday night’s lineup for High-A St. Lucie in what is potentially his final rehab game before returning to the Mets.