Lucas Duda underwent surgery yesterday to repair a broken wrist. Duda, the New York Mets' outfielder/first baseman broke his wrist while moving funiture. The injury will surely cost Duda some offseason preparation time, but the Mets expect him to be ready for spring training.
SportsNet New York broke the news on Twitter yesterday afternoon:
ALERT: Mets today announced outfielder Lucas Duda underwent surgery yesterday at the HSS in NYC to repair a fracture in his right wrist.
— SNY Assignment Desk (@SNY_Studio) November 6, 2012
Duda split time between the outfield and first base for the Mets this season. He spent the majority of his time in right field but played left field and first base as well. He hit .239/.329/.389 this season in 121 games. He did manage to hit 15 home runs, so the Mets are still high on his power. Unfortunately, his bat took a step back this season, and his defense remains suspect.
In 2011, when the Mets first saw Duda break out, he hit .292/.370/.482. He clubbed 10 home runs in 100 games that year. Duda was a seventh round pick for the Mets in 2007, but his rise through the minors and his first couple seasons have put Duda's name on the map.
Duda's defense has been his biggest flaw. No matter what defensive metric you prefer, Duda struggled in them all. He was worth -2.2 defensive WAR according to Baseball Reference. If you prefer traditional stats, he committed four errors in the outfield. His defense was bad enough that the Mets used him as a designated hitter in interleague games.
Despite the struggles in the field, the Mets are still high on this 26-year old. And they have him under team control for quite some time. Duda is still pre-arbitration eligible. He hits his first arbitration season in 2014. So even if this injury sets him back, the Mets have plenty of time to continue their evaluation.