After sitting on the bench for nearly a week’s worth of games with “back stiffness”, slugging first baseman Lucas Duda had played only nearly three games before having a setback (no pun intended) in Colorado on Friday. Following his removal from the game Friday night, Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday morning with an unknown back injury. Lefty reliever Dario Alvarez is being called up from Double-A Binghamton to take over the empty roster spot (making a Logan Verrett demotion almost inevitable following his spot start on Sunday). Duda is scheduled to receive a second opinion on Monday from Dr. Robert Watkins.
Does that name sound familiar?
David Wright received a diagnosis of spinal stenosis from Dr. Watkins earlier this year. Although Dr. Watkins, a back specialist, is very capable of diagnosing Lucas Duda with anything but spinal stenosis, Mets fans across the board must be hesitant to believe this is coincidental. Given the Mets track record with accurately reporting injuries, I too, must wonder how severe this injury may be.
With the loss of Duda, Michael Cuddyer and Kelly Johnson are assumed to platoon at first base, the former of which fans bore witness to horrible defense last weekend against the Pirates. Aside from the defensive loss, this provides Terry Collins with an opportunity to put his beloved Juan Uribe into the cleanup spot again. Yes, that’s right folks-the Juan Uribe that was a bench player for the Braves until July 24th. The Juan Uribe that has worked to a .171 batting average during his tenure with the Mets. Oy.