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Friday, March 14, 2014
Ike, Duda get ABs in minors

By Adam Rubin


Adam RubinLucas Duda gets an at-bat during an A-ball game Friday in Port St. Lucie.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, both sidelined since early last week with leg injuries, got five plate appearances apiece in minor-league games Friday.

Neither player ran after making contact, although Duda (hamstring) went through a running program afterward. Davis (calf) had lightly jogged before the game.

Davis went 1-for-3 with two walks against A-ball pitching. Duda went 0-for-4 with a walk, including one shot caught at the right-field wall.

Both suggested their first time in a game in nearly two weeks -- albeit controlled -- went well.

Davis said his calf, because it had been idle for so long, remains somewhat weak due to "a little bit of atrophy." He plans to wear compression socks on both legs throughout the season to keep them warm.

He joked about his legs atrophying: "I barely had calves to begin with and now they're like bird legs."

Both expected to get more minor-league at-bats Saturday. Davis expected 10 games and 30 at-bats on the major-league side would ready him for the regular season.

"Hopefully it feels better by next week to get into the big-league games," Davis said. "... I actually had a decent day. I kept the ball in the air, which is nice. I didn't roll over anything. But obviously I haven't hit a live ball in about a week or so. I didn't break all my bats and swing and miss every time, so that was nice. I felt good."

Said Duda: "The timing is a little bit off, but it felt good for the most part."