As first reported by ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scheduled to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut Sunday in an afternoon exhibition game against the Rays.
Duda suffered an oblique strain two weeks ago, but he has been hitting in Mets camp since Monday.
The 29-year-old first baseman still has plenty of time to get his timing right before the start of the regular season. He posted an impressive .830 OPS with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games last year.
The Mets figure to bat Duda cleanup throughout 2015. He hit there in 78 of his 153 games played last season.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”