Justin Turner and Lucas Duda are making little progress in rehab

Posted: July 6, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

Terry Collins told reporters that neither Justin Turner or Lucas Duda have progressed really at all from their recent injuries.

Both players are on the disabled list and have been in Port St. Lucie rehabbing from intercostal strains they sustained in early June. The most Turner has been able to do is play catch, while Duda hasn’t been able to do anything.

The injuries really couldn’t have come at a worse time for either player. Turner will lose a lot of playing time when he comes back to Josh Satin who could play first, second or third like Turner.imagesCAU5LIB3

Duda was having just a weird year where he has 11 homers but just 23 RBI’s. I think the Mets are losing confidence that they can hide Duda in left field going forward. Eric Young Jr. has come in and played left field every day. The Mets have gotten a major boost from Young in the leadoff spot.

As long as Young keeps hitting like he has he will keep playing.

Both players will be eligible for arbitration this winter and you wonder if they will be tendered contracts by the Mets this winter or will they be trade or non-tender candidates.

Both players still have plenty of time to get back to the majors and prove their worth in the second half of the season.

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – While I hate think it yet actually say it the Mets have been a better team with out Lucas Duda and Justin Turner than they were when those two guys were available to play. Eric Young is a huge up grade over Lucas in LF and is a better contact hitter with speed and he has made a positive impact on the Mets on field chemistry. Turner wasn’t as clutch this year as he was in past years and Satin can apparently hit at least so far he has. I think Turner is definetly tradeable. Lucas is also tradeable but the Mets need to be more careful about trading him than they do about trading Turner. Lucas has genuine power and can play first base. He could be a good fit for another team but we need value in return and he would have to be dealt either to another division or even better to the AL. Turner, in my opinion, can betraded to any team for two desirable propects. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike it’s funny because two offseasons ago Sandy Alderson nearly traded Turner to Colorado straight up for Eric Young Jr. As for Duda your right. Look at Chrios Davis in Baltimore. He was with the Rangers and didn’t really have a position because guys like Michael Young (not you) mitch moreland and Justin Smoak were playing 1b/dh. Davis showed power but didn’t show he could hit better than .240 with a lot of strikeouts kind of like Duda now. Im not saying Duda is the next Chris Davis but I would be very careful in dealing him. Thanks for the comment Mike!

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