Lucas Duda had surgery today on his right wrist which he fractured while moving furniture in his apartment last month.
While I’m sure it was a pretty bad scene for Duda himself, this injury definitely hurts the New York Mets and their future plans for him.
After playing just 29 games for the Mets in 2010, he got his real shot in 2011 and made a name for himself by hitting .292 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs on the season. His 2012 wasn’t terrible despite spending some time in the minor leagues. He only hit .239 but managed 57 RBIs and 15 home runs.
Duda made decent trade bait, or at least was a starting point. Even if the Mets didn’t want to trade him, a fractured wrist is a pretty serious injury. It’s one of those things that is going to bother a player from time to time, like when he turns it a certain way, or when he’s playing during a rainy day. Plus, it’s also happens to be his throwing hand.
Doctors say that the outlook for fractured wrists is a positive one, and that Duda should be good to go come spring, but are other teams willing to take a chance on those words?
The Mets will probably have to keep him now, with his role being uncertain. There were talks about trading Ike Davis and making Duda the first baseman. Ike slumped this year, but the pop in his bat makes this move senseless.
Duda will most likely be a back-up outfielder/pinch hitter. He could bounce back from this, but it will definitely take at least a good portion to a whole season until he really gets comfortable.