Lucas Duda of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs at CitiField in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
An outfielder the Mets had hoped would become a productive regular is now being sent back to the minor leagues.
Outfielder Lucas Duda hit .292/.370/.482 (138 OPS+) for the New York Mets in a little more than half a season for the team in 2011. They hoped he'd build on that and have a solid 2012 and become their everyday right fielder.
It didn't work out. Duda is hitting just .241/.335/.391 this season and is 6-for-43 in July. The Mets decided they had to make a move, and here it is:
#Mets roster moves: Lucas Duda has been optioned to Buffalo (AAA).— New York Mets (@Mets) July 24, 2012
The corresponding roster move, according to Klapisch:
Am told Duda will be sent to Class-AAA to make room for Harvey. #Mets— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) July 24, 2012
"Harvey" is Matt Harvey, the Mets' No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft; Harvey has been pitching well at Triple-A Buffalo (3.68 ERA, 1.318 WHIP in 20 starts) and is scheduled to make his major-league debut starting against the Diamondbacks Thursday in Phoenix.