Lucas Duda has been bitten by the injury bug again. This time, the Mets’ first baseman will be sidelined due to a hyper-extended left elbow sustained during tonight’s game at Citi Field against the Phillies. The injury was first announced by SNY and later confirmed by the team.
Duda has suffered a number of injuries in recent years. He missed four months last season with a stress fracture in his back and required cortisone injections for his back and hips this spring.
Duda injured his elbow when Cesar Hernandez collided with him at first base during Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia. It’s unclear how long the injury will keep Duda out, though Salvador Perez of the Royals missed about a week with a hyper-extended elbow this March.
Wilmer Flores pinch hit for Duda after he was pulled. It’s likely that the Mets will use Flores and perhaps Jay Bruce to fill in for Duda at first base while he’s out.