Lucas Duda easing into swing of things

Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda

#21 LF
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM121
  • HR15

  • RBI57

  • R43

  • OBP.329

  • AVG.239

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."