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Lucas Duda ready to get into swing

Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda

#21 1B
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM153
  • HR30

  • RBI92

  • R74

  • OBP.349

  • AVG.253

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Lucas Duda expects to begin taking batting practice Monday and enter a game Friday for the first time since spring training began.

Duda had resumed hitting off a tee Wednesday after refraining from swinging for three weeks due to a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

Incidentally, Duda also indicated he will switch to a bigger first baseman's glove this season -- although it's only a quarter-inch bigger. It ideally will help him scoop and field more balls.

"It's not by much. It's not anything too outlandish," Duda said. "It's not like a 15-inch glove or anything. It's a little bigger. The theory behind it is the bigger the glove, the more area you cover."