UPDATE: Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
10:08 a.m. ET: The Mets offense exploded for 14 runs on 16 hits last night against the Rockies, most of it coming from Yoenis Cespedes, but an important part of their lineup could be headed for the disabled list.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Lucas Duda was forced to exit last night’s game in the seventh inning with renewed lower back pain. He missed six starts with the injury earlier this month, but managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list. Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game that they’ll make a decision on his status on Saturday.
The Mets were planning to send down Michael Conforto on Saturday to make room for reliever Dario Alvarez, but the rookie outfielder could stick around if Duda needs to go on the disabled list. Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer figure to see time at first base in his absence.
Duda, 29, is batting .247 with 21 home runs and an .818 OPS over 113 games this season.
The Mets announced this afternoon that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Eric Young, Jr. from the Braves for cash considerations. He’ll join the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.
Of course, Young previously played with the Mets from 2013-2014 while batting .242/.310/.321 with 68 stolen bases over 191 games. The 30-year-old began this season on the Braves’ major league roster, but he batted just .169 (13-for-77) over 35 games prior to being designated for assignment. He has been playing with Triple-A Gwinnett since while putting up a .248/.349/.312 batting line over 67 games.
The Mets are pretty light on speed, so there’s a chance that Young could serve as a bench player and pinch-runner when rosters expand in September.
The Giants are missing Hunter Pence in their outfield right now, but they got Nori Aoki back from the disabled list on Thursday and Marlon Byrd in a trade from the Reds. Angel Pagan could soon be thrown back into the mix.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said this afternoon that Pagan is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday as he works his way back from right patella tendinitis.
Pagan has been sidelined since August 9 due to the injury, which has been affecting him dating back to last season. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection to deal with the discomfort and Bochy said he’s doing “much better.”
Pagan was a very productive player for the Giants when healthy from 2012-2014, but he’s in the midst of his worst offensive season, batting just .258/.290/.308 over 102 games. The 34-year-old has yet to hit a home run in 424 plate appearances.