News: In case you missed it…

Lucas Duda was named starting first baseman over Ike Davis for at least the next week or so >> Read more on MetsBlog.

Radio host Boomer Esiason apologized to first-time father, Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, for criticizing the player’s decision to skip two games in New York to be with his wife and newborn son in Florida >> Read more at Raw Story.

Jon Niese said he feels healthy. He is still scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and make his season debut on Sunday against the Reds, which means the team will need to make a corresponding roster move.

In his first start for Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five.