Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his right wrist in early November while moving furniture and had a procedure a couple days later to repair the injury at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. But that should be a faint memory by Opening Day.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Duda has experienced no setbacks thus far with his wrist and was recently cleared to begin hitting off a tee at his offseason home in southern California. “It’s going well, feels great,” Duda told Rubin on Sunday.
The 26-year-old batted .239/.329/.389 with 15 home runs, 15 doubles and 57 RBI across 459 plate appearances last summer for New York. He’s expected to serve as the Mets’ starting left fielder this season.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.