Shortly after David Wright departed the office of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins, another teammate was stopping by for a visit: Lucas Duda. While Mets fans worried when Duda was seeing the same doctor that had diagnosed Wright with spinal stenosis, fans can breath a collective sigh of relief.
Duda is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on September 6 after being diagnosed with a small thoracic disc herniation in his back, according to general manger Sandy Alderson. In other words, he has a pulled back muscle. Alderson added that Duda's report was "favorable."
To relieve Duda's back pain, Watkins prescribed anti-inflammatories and exercises. No injection is necessary.
Duda has been on the shelf since August 22 after leaving a game in Colorado over the weekend with renewed back stiffness. He had been battling back issues before then, missing several games over the past few weeks.
Before the injury, Duda was hitting .247/.346/.472 to go along with 21 home runs and 56 RBIs.