Lucas Duda missed six games with a back problem before returning to the lineup against Baltimore on Tuesday, but on Friday night (he drove in the first run with a double), he had to take himself out of the game in the seventh inning and has now landed on the 15-day DL with lower back stiffness.
Although he has not had any x-rays or even an MRI yet, Duda will be seeking a second opinion with Dr. Robert Watkins in California on Monday. The Mets promoted left-hander pitcher Dario Alvarez from AAA Las Vegas. Alvarez joins Eric O’Flaherty and Sean Gilmartin as left options out of the bullpen. Alvarez had a 1.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances in AAA and left-handed batters are just 2-14 against him. Alvarez made four appearances with the Mets in 2014 and was expected to be part of the September call ups.
Mets also acquired outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations and assigned him to AAA Las Vegas. Young played in almost 200 games for the Mets in 2013 and 2014, leading the league in steals in 2013 with 46, splitting the season in Colorado and New York. Mets are 26th in the league with just 45 steals.
Although Young will not get a lot of playing time (he was hitting just .169 with Atlanta before being sent down to AAA), but he has something the Mets lack – speed. Expect Young to get called up after the September 1 roster expansion.