Lucas Duda now unlikely to return this weekend, Erik Goeddel should join the Mets soon
Last week, Terry Collins said he believed Lucas Duda would return from the disabled list when eligible on September 6 against the Marlins, although he was mostly idle through Friday afternoon.
However, Collins said on Monday he now believes Duda will need additional time beyond September 6, as he has yet to begun swinging a bat during his rehab.
The problem for Duda is if he needs to play in a rehab assignment, it’s going to be hard for the team to find him games to play in next week, as St. Lucie’s season is coming to a close. They could have him join an affiliate that’s in the postseason, but it’s not clear if that’s in the cards.
The other issue is it sounds like Duda will not be available for their series against the Nationals. While the lineup is still solid, that’s a 20+ home run bat the Mets might be without in that showdown series. No matter how good a group is, missing a power bat like this is significant.
Duda has been on the disabled list since August 22 with a herniated disc in his thoracic spine.
Meanwhile, Erik Goeddel, who is with Double-A Binghamton on a rehab assignment, is expected to rejoin the Mets, “soon,” Terry Collins said on Monday.
Goeddel has to be activated from his rehab assignment soon, as he began his assignment on August 2 with Single-A St. Lucie. He can only be on a rehab assignment for 30 days. He last pitched for the B-Mets on August 27, although he has already pitched in back-to-back games with Binghamton in the last week.
Goeddel has been on the disabled list since June 12. He is on the 60-day disabled list, meaning the Mets will have to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate him when they activate him.