This morning the Mets announced that they have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter back to the minors.
Duda had to be recalled by 8/26 to avoid burning his final option and forcing the team to keep him up all of 2014.
Terry Collins talked about Duda’s role with the team before the game and suggested that he will serve primarily as the backup first baseman and a lefthanded bat off the bench. But he did not completely rule out some time in the outfield.
“I’m not probably going to disrupt what’s going on in the outfield right now,” Collins said.
Duda could serve as the designated hitter when the Mets play the Cleveland Indians during their next road trip. He was hitting .306 with a homer and 14 RBI in 16 games with the 51s before his callup.
I feel a little better now, as I initially feared that Duda’s arrival would lead to lesser playing time for Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores. That doesn’t seem like the case at all based on today’s comments...