Mets Expected to Demote Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey to Start Thursday

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets watches after hitting a double in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 18 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The New York Mets are expected to demote Lucas Duda to Triple-A to make room for prospect Matt Harvey, reports Bob Klapisch of The Record.

In 100 games last season, Duda hit .292 with an .852 OPS, 10 home runs and 50 RBI. The 26-year-old has 12 homers so far in 2012, but is hitting just .241with a slugging percentage under .400.

Duda, a left-handed hitter who can play both corner outfield positions and first base, could be a valuable commodity if the Mets decide to sell, though this move can do nothing but hurt his trade value.

Harvey, the Mets' first-round pick from the 2010 Draft, had a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 112 strikeouts in Triple-A. Over four minor league seasons, the 6-4 255-pound right-hander has averaged 9.8 K/9.

Harvey will make his major league debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field Thursday.

The Mets are on a three-game losing streak and have just one victory over their past 10 games. They've fallen to 47-48, 8.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East and 4.5 back in the Wild Card race.

Here's what Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough of The Star-Leger regarding the team's stance heading into the trade deadline.

"You have to be realistic and take into account where you are from day to day. We’re certainly not in the same position today that we were four or five days ago. That doesn’t mean we’re sellers. But I would say right now that we’re exploring a lot of different scenarios."

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