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Lucas Duda Recalled By Mets; Nick Evans DFA'd

The Mets announced that Lucas Duda is now officially being promoted to replace the designated Nick Evans (h/t Adam Rubin), batting 6th in tonight's game against the Pirates.

Prior to tonight’s game at Pittsburgh, the Mets will recall outfielder Lucas Duda from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. Duda has hit .389 (14-36) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games with the Bisons. Overall, Duda is batting .302 (39-129) with 22 runs scored, eight doubles, 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 38 games with Buffalo. Duda hit .100 (2-20) with one RBI in 10 games with the Mets earlier this year. After last night’s game, the Mets designated Nick Evans for assignment.

Duda only had 20 ABs in those 10 games, but may get an extended look at both left field and first base while Jason Bay is struggling and Ike Davis is out. He'll be a welcome addition to the lineup and should bring a little pop, too.

When asked about the move, Eric Simon of Amazin' Avenue offered, "Duda has seven home runs in his last fourteen games and the Mets are third-to-last in the NL in homers, so the call-up isn't very surprising; if you consider that David Wright and Ike Davis will be on the disabled list for a while and Jason Bay isn't hitting at all, a little more punch is certainly in order."