Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Duda, d'Arnaud play with GCL Mets
By Matt Ehalt
Injured Mets outfielder Lucas Duda (left intercostal strain) went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud (foot) batted 1-for-3 with a single for the GCL Mets on Wednesday.
Duda is currently on the disabled list, and Wednesday was his first minor league game. Duda played left field for five innings, but he will play some outfield in the future as the Mets gives themselves backup options in case Ike Davis continues to struggle.
"All I'm worried about is hitting right now, when he's ready to go full board then we’ll start worrying about the position," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But as he goes through his rehab he will be playing first and the outfield."
D'Arnaud played in his first game since fracturing the first metatarsal in his left foot on April 17. He could be a September call-up.
Collins doesn't know what the plan is for d'Arnaud moving forward.
"Until he's playing back in Triple-A, no disrespect to Travis, he's the future, but I've got all I can do right now to make sure I've got this stuff planned out," Collins said. "When he's in Triple-A, I'll start watching really closely."