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Mets activate Lucas Duda from disabled list

The first baseman rejoins the Mets for their three game series in Washington.

Lucas Duda returns to the active roster Monday.
Lucas Duda returns to the active roster Monday.
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The Mets activated Lucas Duda from the disabled list in time for their three-game series against Washington. Duda isn't in the team's starting lineup today, with the Mets instead turning to Daniel Murphy at first base against Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Duda's return comes after a two-game rehab assignment in Double-A Binghamton in which he went 3-for-6.

Despite his return to the active roster, it remains uncertain if Duda is fully recuperated from his back injury. The move comes only days after Terry Collins expressed concerns that Duda may not be ready for activation when eligible. Additionally, he is reportedly only able to pinch hit in Monday's game despite playing a full game in the field during his rehab assignment.

With recent injuries to Daniel Murphy (quad) and Michael Cuddyer (wrist), the Mets' depth at first base had been tested, resulting in Eric Campbell receiving a rare start in Saturday's game against the Marlins. Even if Duda is only available as a bat coming off the bench, his presence will be valuable in this crucial series against Washington.