It’s not surprising Lucas Duda was invited to play in the MLB All-Star tour in Japan, but what is head-scratching is he’ll play in the outfield, where he failed miserably with the Mets.
Make no mistake, this isn’t to be interpreted as a move toward returning him to left field. Won’t happen, said GM Sandy Alderson.
Duda started 223 games in the outfield, and last played left in left last April after Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson were injured.
It was a good idea at the time to play Duda in the outfield because the Mets were hoping Ike Davis would be able to play first base, but we know how that turned out.
WRIGHT UPDATE: The Mets announced David Wright’s continued improvement in the rehab of his left shoulder. Wright was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and is scheduled to resume baseball activities in early December.
As of now, Wright is expected to be ready for spring training barring any setbacks.
Wright’s season ended early because of stretched-out ligaments in his shoulder. Wright has built up the strength in his shoulder, but the ultimate test will be after he swings a bat.
It will only be then if surgery is to be ruled out.
METS INTERESTED IN RAMIREZ: Reports out of Chicago say the Mets are one of several teams interested in trading for All-Star Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez.
Ramirez made the All-Star team last season, and hit .273 with 15 homers, 74 RBI and 21 steals.
Ramirez is signed for $10 million in 2015 with a $10-million team option for the following year.