The Mets have placed Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back. The first baseman missed four of the team's previous seven games. The Mets have also called up Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas.
There is no timetable for Duda's return. He had a back injury last year that landed him on the disabled list last August. Duda has likely been playing injured throughout the early season, as his .728 OPS through 130 at-bats falls well short of his career norms. The Mets have relied upon Eric Campbell to spell both Duda and David Wright at corner infield positions.
The team's in-house options at first base won't come close to replicating Duda's power if the 30-year-old misses action for an extended period of time.
The 27-year-old Kelly has been added to the team's 40-man roster at the expense of southpaw Dario Alvarez, who as designated for assignment. Kelly will be making his major league debut with the Mets after leading the PCL in batting average with the Las Vegas 51s. A switch-hitter, Kelly can play multiple positions while giving Collins a second left-handed option off the bench. 22-year-old prospect Dilson Herrera was said to be considered for the promotion, but the team was wary of moving Neil Walker out of position.