Jason Bay is in an 0-for-23 slump and has been given a couple days off by Terry Collins to get his head and mechanics together. Lucas Duda (right) is so hot in Buffalo that even his outs are hard-hit and pop-ups seem to reach to the 38th floor of the HSBC Center. So it makes sense that Duda's return to New York could be imminent.
And that's exactly what ESPNNY.com is reporting tonight: The Mets are mulling a Duda promotion with Bay struggling and Justin Turner also finding trouble.
Duda, the report said, could also play at first base with Daniel Murphy switching over at third. Duda, remember, made a sensational play at first in the sixth inning Tuesday night with D.J. Carrasco throwing a no-hitter but Carrasco did not get to first base to cover the bag and lost his no-no.
In 14 games since returning from the disabled list on May 28, Duda is 19-46 (.413) with four doubles, seven homers, nine walks and 15 RBIs. You don't stay in Triple-A too long with those numbers.
Update: The Bisons PR office confirmed that the Mets had called up Duda on Friday. This will be Duda's third stint with the Mets this season.
Photo: Duda homers in the fourth inning Thursday/Mark Mulville-Buffalo News