Lucas Duda, who has been on the shelf with an intercostal strain, is making a forward step in his rehab assignment, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Lucas Duda’s rehab assignment moving from Gulf Coast League to Class A St. Lucie tonight. #mets
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 29, 2013
To say that Duda’s performance in the GCL was uninspiring could be considered an understatement. In four games played, the outfielder walked to the plate 16 times, putting together a .000/.188/.000 line with three walks and eight strikeouts. Ouch.
Prior to getting injured, Duda was hitting .235/.353/.438 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs in 226 at-bats (68 games).
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets use the same strategy with Duda as they’ve done with Ruben Tejada. Once he makes it to Triple-A, they should take him off his rehab assignment and keep him with Las Vegas until he proves he’s ready to return to the big leagues. With Marlon Byrd, Juan Lagares, and Eric Young, Jr. playing so well in the major league outfield, New York has leverage to do this again.
It’s worked so far with respect to motivating Tejada; he’s hitting .337/.389/.418 in 107 at-bats with the 51s.