Bad news for one of the most productive rookies in the National League.
Lucas Duda crashed into the right field wall while trying to track down a fly ball hit by Albert Pujols during Wednesday’s game. While it looked like a fairly innocuous play at the time, the rookie outfielder left the game with dizziness and is now suffering from headaches.
The Mets have yet to rule out a concussion and manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York this morning that Duda may not play in the final six games of the season.
Duda, 25, is batting .292/.370/.482 with 10 homers, 50 RBI and an .852 OPS over 347 plate appearances this season. He ranks 10th in the National League (among players with at least 200 plate appearances) with a .957 OPS since the All-Star break.
Collins told Rubin last night that he envisions Duda as the starting right fielder for the club in 2012. He also mentioned the possibility of flipping Jason Bay to right field and moving Duda to left.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.