Duda may land in cleanup spot ... in month

April, 22, 2014
Apr 22
5:38
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NEW YORK -- Terry Collins did not say a specific date. But the manager suggested he might give this lineup a month -- with Curtis Granderson No. 2, Daniel Murphy No. 4 and Lucas Duda No. 6 -- before eventually placing Duda in the cleanup spot.

"We've put a lot on Lucas' plate in the past week," Collins said about the reluctance to use Duda as a cleanup hitter now. "I don't want to pile on."

Start of something: Bobby Abreu's first start as a Met likely will come in Thursday's matinee series finale. Collins likes the matchup with Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Although Abreu's only fielding experience while with Triple-A Las Vegas was in right field, Collins advised Abreu to be prepared to play left field at the big-league level.

Off and running: Juan Lagares, on the DL with a pulled right hamstring, has started running in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is eligible to return from the DL on April 30.

Q PT: Why is Ruben Tejada on the bench a night after making two stellar diving plays up the middle? Collins said he scripted out before the series that Omar Quintanilla's lone start against St. Louis would come Tuesday. Quintanilla is 4-for-12 with two doubles lifetime against Adam Wainwright. Collins added that Wednesday starter Michael Wacha "eats up" lefty hitters, so the only alternative would have been Thursday. Collins said Tejada will start the final two games of the series.

Close call: Collins did not know Tuesday afternoon if he would have Kyle Farnsworth available to close. Who is the alternative? The manager was not sure. Carlos Torres would be a natural choice, but likely is unavailable because of a heavy recent workload. So it might fall to Daisuke Matsuzaka ... or even Jose Valverde.
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

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.293 7 38 59
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 56
RD. Murphy 59
OPSL. Duda .856
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121