Daily Journal masthead

Mets place first baseman Lucas Duda on the DL with back injury, recall Dario Alvarez

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

DENVER — The New York Mets have placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury and recalled left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill his roster spot.

The team announced the move prior to Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.

Duda told manager Terry Collins during Friday night's 14-9 win over the Rockies that the pain in his lower back had flared up after his sixth-inning at-bat, and he was taken out of the game.

"He is a big piece in our lineup," Collins said. "When he walked up and said his back tightened up again, certainly we didn't need to hear that.

"Hope he comes back 100 percent and helps us finish it off."

PHOTO: New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, front applies a late tag as Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon dives back into first base on a pickoff move by Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, front applies a late tag as Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon dives back into first base on a pickoff move by Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Duda was batting .247 in 113 games and had 21 home runs with 56 RBIs.

Collins said that Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson and Daniel Murphy could all see time at first in Duda's absence. Cuddyer was in the starting lineup on Saturday.

Alvarez was 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 42 games with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

In another move, the Mets acquired outfielder Eric Young from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations and assigned him to Las Vegas.

Assistant General Manager John Ricco said Young was a candidate for a September callup.

Young, a former Met known for his speed on the basepaths, could play a key role down the stretch for the team.

"He gives us a dimension we don't have," Collins said. "He will be very important. He gives us results. He knows his role and comes ready to play. He was pretty valuable two years ago when he led the league in stolen bases."

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.