As sure as the sun rises in the East, the Mets will have a spring training injury issue. It is the way of their world.
This spring it is first baseman Lucas Duda, who won’t be allowed to swing a bat for at least a week because of a strained left intercostal muscle. Initially, it was reported Duda had a strained left oblique and wouldn’t be able to swing the bat for up to three days. Then it was an intercostal muscle and he’d be out a week.
However, what is alarming is that ESPN reported Duda was bothered by this injury for “the past couple of weeks,’’ which leads to several questions:
* Did Duda report this injury, and if so, did the training staff clear him to swing the bat?
* If Duda did not report the injury to the training staff, then why didn’t he?
Every year there’s a player who trains through pain. It’s admirable to be a hard worker, but it is foolish to force things.
Manager Terry Collins told reporters: “Nobody is more upset than he is. He’s a workaholic. He’s bound and determined to be as good as he can be. He overdid it, and now he’s got to back off.’’
This spring the injury envelope was first pushed by Duda.