The Mets have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas.
To make room on the active roster for Duda, the Mets optioned OF Mike Baxter to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Duda went on the Major League disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle in late June. Upon returning on August 7, the Mets optioned him to Triple-A.
Duda was hitting .306 with a homer and 14 RBI in 16 games with the 51s – he is hitting .378 with a .928 OPS over his last ten games.
Update – 1:08 PM: Duda will play some first base and serve as a designated hitter in American League parks, but he is a bench player at this point (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Michael Baron, Contributor10:22 AM: It will be interesting to see how the Mets intend to use Duda. There’s no way he can go back to the outfield, and so there isn’t much reason to bring Duda back at this point unless they want to take a long look at him at first base. While Ike Davis has been better lately, it makes some sense considering the level of instability at the position and the need to exhaust any internal possibility as the off-season approaches.
It’s worth mentioning the Mets have to recall Duda by August 26, otherwise the Mets will have burned his final option (hat tip to Jordan Haug on Twitter for the reminder).