Saturday, May 10, 2014
Duda in lineup, day after hospitalization
By Danny Knobler
NEW YORK -- On Friday, Lucas Duda was in the hospital.
On Saturday, he was back in the lineup for the New York Mets.
Duda had a case of food poisoning (apparently from an undercooked hamburger) bad enough that he needed intravenous fluids. He said he woke up feeling much better Saturday, and was able to convince manager Terry Collins he had enough energy to play.
"I just told him, 'I feel good, and I want to play,'" Duda said.
In the original lineup posted for Saturday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Collins had just-promoted Eric Campbell at first base. But after Duda took some swings in the cage and got an OK from the Mets' medical staff, Collins made the switch and put Campbell's major-league debut on hold.
"Injuries are caused by guys playing when they're dehydrated," Collins said. "But he told me he felt great."
Soup's on first -- eventually: The 27-year-old Campbell spent seven years in the Mets farm system waiting for a chance, so waiting another day or two to debut isn't a big letdown.
"It's a dream come true," said Campbell, a Connecticut native who was drafted in the eighth round in 2008. "There are a lot of emotions going through my head. This definitely makes it all worth it."
Campbell was hitting .355 at Triple-A Las Vegas, and proved his value to the Mets by playing second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field, in addition to first base. With left-hander Cole Hamels scheduled to start for the Phillies on Sunday, Campbell will likely make his debut in that game.
Campbell is the sixth player from the 2008 Mets draft to make the big leagues, but it's not an overly distinguished group. The other five are Ike Davis (first round), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (third), Josh Satin (sixth), Collin McHugh (18th) and Chris Schwinden (22nd).
Satin story: It was hardly a surprise that Satin was sent to the minor leagues to make room for Campbell. The right-handed first baseman had just three hits and 10 strikeouts in 28 at-bats this season, and looked particularly overmatched in five hitless at-bats Friday night.
"He starts getting regular at-bats, he's going to hit," Collins said.