Lucas Duda easing into swing of things

February, 18, 2013
2/18/13
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- When hitters taking live batting practice from Mets pitchers for the first time this spring training, Lucas Duda will step into the batter's box and track pitches, but not swing. That's not atypical for the first session of camp. Still, the Mets are being at least a little conservative with Duda, who underwent surgery in December for a fractured right wrist.

Duda said he remains capped at 60-70 pitches a day -- "a normal round of BP." He does expect to be in games with teammates once Grapefruit League play begins Saturday.

"We stil have a month, almost two months, until the season starts," Duda said. "I might as well take it slow, be cautious. Everything feels great. I haven't been swinging for a long time. I started, I think, Jan. 20, Jan. 23 -- somewhere around there."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .821
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173