Lucas Duda sits Tuesday with stiff back

NEW YORK -- New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is out of the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies due to a stiff back.

"He was gonna be off today or tomorrow anyway -- I wanted to give [Curtis Granderson] a day off, I wanted to give Lucas a day off against these two lefties, and move Michael (Cuddyer) around," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "If Lucas is still a little stiff after the game tonight, he may have (off) again tomorrow. We've gotta make sure he's ready for the rest of the season."

Duda didn't sound very concerned.

"I don't think it's too serious," Duda said. "Just take today (off), and hopefully be ready tomorrow."

Duda said he could pinch-hit, but Collins may be reluctant to use him at all.

Collins had already decided to give Granderson a day off on Tuesday. Juan Lagares is leading off and playing center field, and Daniel Murphy will move to first base in place of Duda.

"I told Curtis yesterday when the game was over that he was off today," Collins said. "I didn't know about Lucas's back until today. ... It's all about getting the preparation, and Curtis didn't think he was playing, I'm not gonna run him back in there."