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Terry Collins placed Lucas Duda back in the lineup for Friday's series opener at Citi Field. Duda had been pulled from Game 2 in Colorado on Tuesday with back tightness and was held out of Thursday's game in frigid conditions.
"We are going to put him through the usual paces today -- have him hit, have him do all his throwing, have him warm up," Collins said. "And if the stiffness doesn't subside, he'll be taken out."
Duda, before heading outdoors, expressed confidence he would play.
"The back's good," said Duda, who thinks the cold weather in Colorado played a role in the tightness. "I think it was a very minor issue. I'll be ready to go today."
Collins said Mike Baxter would be the alternative as the left fielder and No. 6 hitter.
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