Mets Insider: Mets shun Ike as Duda goes on DL

By on June 23, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — Lucas Duda is headed to the disabled list, but losing the lefty-hitting first baseman/outfielder isn’t enough for the Mets to bring back Ike Davis from the minors.

Duda was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday night with a strained left intercostal muscle. The Mets recalled infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A Las Vegas, instead of Davis, to take his spot on the roster.

Before Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the Phillies, the Mets were contemplating bringing back Davis if Duda were to miss time.

“Absolutely, Ike has to be part of that conversation,” Terry Collins said of the struggling first baseman, who was demoted June 9.

Apparently it was a short conversation.

Davis was sent to Triple-A to work on his swing. A source in the organization said that the Mets want him to keep working in the minors despite recent success.

General manager Sandy Alderson was with the Triple-A club Friday night and saw Davis hit back-to-back home runs. Davis was hitting .333 with four home runs and eight RBI in 11 games at Triple-A entering Saturday night.

Lutz was hitting .286 with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 37 RBI in 53 games with Las Vegas. Lutz has split the majority of his time between third base and left field this season, but has played four games at first.

Duda is hitting .235 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 68 games. He first felt the pain in his left side Friday night.


“He just said he came in last night and said his side was hurting him pretty bad, (he) got in early this morning and got treatment and we decided we gotta get it looked at,” Collins said before the game. “If it is an intercostal, an oblique, or a similar situation we saw with Justin Turner these things can get bad.

“If we can get him injected where he lose him only a couple of days, it’s better than him hurting worse where he might be out a month.”

The manager used Daniel Murphy at first base Saturday and said he expected Josh Satin would play there Sunday against Phillies lefthander John Lannan.

Duda, whom the Mets have tried to convert into an outfielder, played the last five games at first base, while Murphy had started six games there immediately after Davis was demoted. Andrew Brown, an outfielder recalled from Triple-A this past week, also has some experience at first base and was taking ground balls there Saturday.

In preparation for his second start, Zack Wheeler throws a 42-pitch bullpen session Friday

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In preparation for his second start, Zack Wheeler throws a 42-pitch bullpen session Friday

Turner was placed on the DL Tuesday with a strained intercostal muscle. Murphy was out for most of spring training with the same injury, while David Wright was shut down during the World Baseball Classic with the ailment. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was sidelined after one Grapefruit League start with an oblique injury this spring.

In preparation for his second major-league start, Wheeler threw a 42-pitch bullpen session Friday and he was going to throw an extra “touch-and-feel” session of about 15 pitches Sunday, because he will be pitching Tuesday with two days of extra rest.

Wheeler, who debuted Tuesday by throwing six scoreless innings against the Braves, was sent to Triple-A to throw with pitching coach Randy St. Claire.

In the eighth inning Friday night, Terry Collins had deja vu. Eric Young Jr. was initially called out at second as part of a double play. The problem was that second base umpire had first signaled that he was safe. Coincidentally, it was Adrian Johnson, the same umpire who made the same motion and overturned it in the series opener of the Subway Series this season. This time, however, Collins did not get tossed.

He has sympathy for the umpires, this crew in particular, as they were reprimanded after blowing a call after viewing the replay in Houston. Still, he thinks it may be time that more technology is incorporated in the game to aid the umpires.


“They are being critiqued You won’t find a better human being than Adrian Johnson and I think there is a human part of the game,” Collins said. “I also think there is a place for the manager umpire confrontation once in a while, but I know they are trying to eliminate it.

“But with all the technology we have today, maybe it’s time to have fifth umpire in the booth, rotate through, and if there is a missed call they can turn on a red light or green light or something.”

Jordany Valdespin hit his second career home run off of Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, and his first since he created a controversy in the clubhouse by pumping after a meaningless homer against Pittsburgh with the Mets were trailing 7-1.

Valdespin’s first homer off Papelbon was a three-run, pinch-hit shot, the first of his major-league career. Afterward, he declared himself “the man right now.”

By contrast, on Saturday Valdespin put his head down and ran quickly and quietly around the bases. Some of his veteran teammates, who criticized the way he showed up Contreras, noted this approvingly.

.467  – Ryan Howard s lifetime average against Dillon Gee , with six home runs and 14 RBI .

Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI

Jonathan Paplebon blew his third save of the week after converting 13 straight.

Sunday, 1:35, at Phillies; Matt Harvey (6-1, 2.16) vs. John Lannan (0-1, 5.49); TV: SNY

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