Lucas Duda to make Grapefruit League debut Sunday

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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.

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.