After spending two-plus weeks on the disabled list battling a herniated disk in his back, the New York Mets have activated first baseman Lucas Duda from the disabled list just in time for their series against the Washington Nationals.
Duda will not be in the lineup Monday, but will be available off of the bench and should be back starting at first base very soon. He has been a key part of their success this season hitting .247 with 21 home runs and an .818 OPS in 113 games in 2015.
Duda went 1-for-3 in his second rehab start with a walk and an RBI on Sunday in his second rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.
The Mets come into their three-game road series against the Nationals holding just a four game lead in the division over Washington. In addition to this series the Mets do end the season with a series against the Nationals at home which could be a big series if the division is still up for grabs. With Duda coming back, he provides a big power bat that the Mets could definitely use in the middle of their order.
While Duda was on the DL, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer got most of the starts at first base. Now with the everyday first baseman back in the fold, Cuddyer will most likely return to the outfield while Murphy can play nearly anywhere in the infield, but could move back to his “normal” position at second base.
Mets manager Terry Collins is hyping this series up as it is very important. “For me, this is the first round of the playoffs.”