Lucas Duda has a (mildly) strained oblique


Hey, it’s our first injury of spring training! Well, an exceedingly mild one, but since there’s nothing else to talk about, let’s talk about Lucas Duda’s mildly strained side muscle.

Very mildly, it seems, as Terry Collins says that it should only keep him from swinging a bat for a couple of days. Collins believes that the injury was the result of Duda just overdoing it in the cage, noting that he was in Port St. Lucie a month before spring training started working on his swing. See, the A-Rod critics are right: reporting early is really a bad idea.

Duda is coming off his best season and just signed a one-year, $4.2 million deal to avoid arbitration.



Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.