Sandy Alderson said that both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda could head north with the team and be on the Opening Day 25-man roster. Alderson cautioned against making a rash decision and possibly trading one of the first baseman.
“You have to be a little more cautious and maybe not do something that has ‘forever,’ implications,” Alderson said (Ackert, March 20).
Davis returned to spring training action on Thursday, going hitless in three at bats. Duda will play in a game on Friday, his first real game since the beginning of March.
Alderson said they’ll use the next week to determine the starting first baseman.
“We have to pay attention over the next [eight] days,” Alderson said (Puma, March 20). “That’s the amount of time we have and that’s the time we’ll use.”
And which player is the current favorite? Terry Collins said whichever one is able to play.
“Right now, it’s probably who’s going to be the healthiest,” Collins said (Diamond, March 20).
The other options at first are Josh Satin, who has had a strong spring, or moving Daniel Murphy over from second base.