MONTREAL -- The Mets backed off returning Lucas Duda to outfield work this spring training because of a hamstring injury. But Terry Collins said it remains on the table for Duda to still find time in the outfield this season, despite his past struggles there.
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The manager said that if Ike Davis and Duda both are clicking at the plate and the Mets need to get both bats into the lineup, Duda in the outfield could materialize.
On Friday at Olympic Stadium, Duda is starting at first base against left-hander Mark Buehrle, with Davis on the bench. Collins previously has said he believes Duda can hit lefties, but the manager's motivation for having Duda face Buehrle simply was because it's an exhibition game and Duda did not play Thursday. Buehrle is not particularly tough on lefties for being a southpaw, the manager added.
Collins acknowledged that Josh Satin should get the bulk of the starts at first base against left-handed pitching during the season.