Lucas Duda’s new swing remains a work in progress

Posted: February 27, 2013 in News, Spring Training
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

Lucas Duda has been working with hitting coach Dave Hudgens this spring to remove a lot of the extra movement in his swing. Duda is coming off surgery this offseason on his wrist from moving furniture. He hadn’t been able to start swinging the bat until recently and is a little behind in spring training. Terry Collins gave Duda the day off yesterday as he started just 1 for 8 with six strikeouts so far this spring. Duda remains a work in progress in left field and his wrist isn’t completely recovered yet.

The Mets should be very concerned with Duda, who is the only power threat in their outfield. “He’s not quite ready. He’s behind the other guys. He hasn’t had any cage work, but his hands are starting to feel better, starting to feel stronger, so we can start to ramp up the work load a little bit and work on his timing.” Hudgens said. Duda is only taking about 25 swings a day according to Hudgens. For comparison most hitters in camp take about 150.

Duda doesn’t appear too worried yet and luckily it is still February but this is not a great start for an outfield that has been highly criticized.

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