Lucas Duda to make Grapefruit League debut Sunday


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.