Lucas Duda has been dealing with back issues for the past week or so, and today he has been scratched from the lineup. Eric Campbell will handle first base against the Brewers, with utility man Wilmer Flores still on the disabled list, working his way back from a left hamstring injury.
An MRI taken earlier today produced results that were concerning enough that doctors recommended multiple days of rest for Duda. Manager Terry Collins indicated that it could be a disc issue.
Duda also dealt with back issues last year that caused him to spend a relatively brief time on the disabled list (remember first baseman Daniel Murphy?), which lowered his total games played last year to 135. The 30-year-old has been relatively durable throughout his career, however, and he provides a valuable power bat in the heart of the order. Without him in the lineup, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera move up to the five and six spots, respectively, and Eric Campbell will hit seventh.
While Mets fans may bemoan Campbell's presence in the lineup, it's worth noting that he currently has a .368 on-base percentage for the season, with seven walks in 44 plate appearances. This is paired with a .200 batting average and .229 slugging percentage, but with OBPs of .312 and .322 in the past two years, Campbell is might be fractionally better at getting on base than many give him credit for. That being said, a .592 OPS from your first baseman is not going to cut it long-term. The sooner Duda returns to the Mets lineup, the better.