After Suffering A Back Injury Lucas Duda Is Having A Hard Time To Return
The first baseman of New York Mets, Lucas Duda dealt an injury in the 2016 season of Major League Baseball (MLB). Although he is already 30, he still has much to give to New York Mets. So has he reached a new agreement, or is still in recovery phase?
Suffered a setback!
New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda suffered an injury of a stress fracture in his lower back and landed himself on the disabled list.
Mets' manager Terry Collins revealed the reporters about plans to replace the power hitter Duda, stating that Wilmer Flores is his "priority" for the position as soon as he recovers from his hamstring injury.
The New York Mets placed Duda on the 15-day disabled list on May 23 because of the stress fracture in his lower back that had been bothering him for quite some time. Collins gave no official timetable on Duda’s return but said the 30-year-old wouldn't be able to do baseball-related activities for quite an interval of time. Collins said before Mets game against the Washington Nationals:
“We’re looking at a fairly long period before he’s going to be able to get back and do some baseball stuff.
Moreover, he added:
“This guy is a legitimate big bat in the middle of our lineup, so somebody’s got to step up and pick up some of that load. We don’t have a kind of a guy that’s going to hit 25 to 30 (home runs), but we’ve got to space it out amongst everybody else.”
Back with a bang!
First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets have reached an agreement over a one-year contract worth $7.25 million, a small raise after an injury-plagued season.
Duda hit 57 home runs in the 2014-15 season but missed four months last year because of a stress fracture in his lower back causing his game time to limit only to 47 games. But he returned on Sept. 18 as a part-time player and finished with a stats of .229 batting average, seven homers and 23 RBI in 153 at-bats.
This soft-spoken first baseman of Mets had a $6,725,000 salary last year that's raised to 7,315,000 this year. Moreover, there is a slight possibility of Lucas coming out as a free agent in the upcoming season.