The Mets are seeing some encouraging progress in Lucas Duda's recovery from offseason wrist surgery. He began hitting off a tee Friday and will continue to progress to the point of taking batting practice soon. He says things are going smooth, and the Mets couldn't be happier.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Duda will travel to the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this week to begin training. He does not expect the wrist to cause him any problems during spring training. Rubin got the chance to ask Duda about his progress.
"It's going well, feels great," Duda told ESPNNewYork.com on Sunday.Duda suffered a fractured wrist in November when he was moving furniture. The injury was on the freak side, but far from the freakiest injury we've seen. Regardless, a player never wants to suffer an injury, especially a non-baseball injury. The injury was never expected to keep Duda from starting spring training with the team, but the news of his progress is still encouraging.
The Mets have grown increasingly interested in Duda as he has shown his ability to hit and get on base. He took a slight step back in 2012, but in his three Major League seasons, Duda has hit .256/.338/.427. That's good enough for a 111 OPS+.