Mets 2017 Season Preview: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?

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With Mets Opening Day less than a month away, it’s time for Rising Apple’s season preview. Our staff will be weighing in on one topic each day as we tick off the final days to April 3.

Head here to read Part 1: Which Mets pitcher will will earn the fifth starter slot?
Head here to read Part 2: Which player is most likely to surprise?

Michelle Ioannou, Editor

No, the Mets will not stay healthy. I genuinely don’t think it’s possible for this team to be healthy — call me a pessimist, but I’m just being honest. It’s hard for me to think otherwise after the last season we just had. I mean David Wright is already not healthy, and is questionable for Opening Day (which seems a bit too optimistic for me, we all know he won’t be playing).

Now, Wright aside, who do I think will land on the disabled list first? Lucas Duda.

I love Duda, I really am a big Duda fan. But I do think he’ll be the first one down. I mean, he kind of already has been as he was already sidelined at the beginning of Spring Training with a sore back. Obviously not a good start to baseball kind of being back.

Duda is coming off of an injury-plagued season. He missed the majority of last season due to his back. So, needless to say he has quite the comeback ahead of him, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look too promising just yet.

In addition to trying to recover from his back issues, there’s also the fear that Duda may be a bit rusty when he does make it back on the field. Duda has already been one of those players who when he’s hot, is extremely hot, but when he’s not… man, do his slumps stink.

I do hope Duda stays healthy, makes it back on the field, and into the groove quite quickly. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t.

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