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NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda is expected to begin rehab games later this week. Duda has been on the disabled list since June 22 with an intercostal muscle strain on his left side.
A position player may spend up to 20 days on a rehab assignment.
How Duda ultimately is reintegrated into the lineup once he returns will be a difficult chore for Terry Collins. Eric Young Jr. and Marlon Byrd are playing well in the corner outfield spots. And if Collins chooses to use Duda with Josh Satin at first base, it may signal the end of Ike Davis' Mets career.
Davis is earning $3.1 million this season and is arbitration-eligible, making non-tendering him in December at least a consideration without an uptick in production.
Lucas Duda #21 LFNew York Mets 2013 STATS GM68 HR11 RBI23 R29 OBP.353 AVG.235 NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda is expected to begin rehab games later this week.