NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to their top farm club.
Duda returns to the majors for the first time in two months. He went on the 15-day disabled list June 23 with a strained ribcage and spent time at Las Vegas on a rehab assignment. When that ended, he was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 7.
Mets manager Terry Collins says Duda will primarily be a backup to first baseman Ike Davis and can serve as the designated hitter when the team plays in Cleveland early next month. Duda started 58 games in left field for New York this season but had been playing first base with Las Vegas.
Collins says he doesn't want to disrupt the strong outfield play his team has been getting lately.