Lucas Duda missed four games last week with Triple-A Buffalo due to ‘dental issues,’ Terry Collins told WFAN yesterday.
Since his return to Buffalo’s starting lineup, Duda has five hits in 17 at bats.
Collins also told WFAN that he expects Duda to be promoted in the next two weeks, before the September 1 call-up date.
In the 19 games before being demoted, Duda hit just .138 with one home run, two RBI, and 23 strike outs in 77 plate appearances.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterGood. At this point, at seven games below .500 and just six weeks left in the season, Duda should be up here, hitting big-league pitching and galvanizing opinions on whether he is or isn’t in this team’s long-term plan.
By the way, if he returns, he has to play left field. Enough of this right-field nonsense. I like Lucas, I love his power, but he isn’t a right fielder. He never would have been out there had it not been for Jason Bay, who the organization didn’t want to overburden with moving positions (considering he was already bogged down in trying to figure out what his problem is at the plate). That’s fine. I get that… for then. But, today is a different story. Bay is a part-time player and Duda has no business in right.
In regards to actual September call-ups, I expect to also see Jenrry Mejia and Robert Carson return to the roster. And I hope to see Jeurys Familia as well, since most insiders I talk to think he could be a terrific closer rather quickly. It might also be smart to get 3B Zach Lutz some at bats at this level to see what he’s all about…