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Mets first baseman debacle – Lucas Duda sidelined with sore back, who should play?

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May 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Kike Hernandez (14) is unable to beat a throw to New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) in the first inning during a MLB game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Kike Hernandez (14) is unable to beat a throw to New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) in the first inning during a MLB game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was supposed to start Saturday’s game, but a sore back will keep him sidelined for at least a couple of days.

The Mets will be dealing with a handful of players coming back from serious injuries this year, and they’ll be taking all the necessary precautions to not push them too hard this spring. One of those such players is Lucas Duda.

Duda was slated to make his first Spring Training start at the newly-renamed First Data Field on Saturday versus the Washington Nationals, but his back has been acting up this week.

According to NewsDay’s Marc Carig, Duda’s back soreness will keep him out of the lineup for two or three days at least.

Carig went on to add that Duda “has been dealing with soreness in his back and hips” which the Mets are treating with “an injection…that will require rest for a couple of days.”

Back in May of last year, Duda suffered a stress fracture in his back and was forced to miss most of the remainder of the season. He actually returned at the end of September, and while he was technically active, the worry has logically been that he wouldn’t be able to perform at the same level this year.

So the new question now becomes, if he does go down for a prolonged period of time, who are the potential replacements at first base?

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