Ailing Mets put 1B Duda, INF Flores on DL; deGrom scratched

Tomas Mccoy
April 23, 2017

Already ailing, the New York Mets scratched pitcher Jacob deGrom from his start Friday night against Washington because of a stiff neck and put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list. Duda hurt the elbow was trying to field a throw on Wednesday.

The Mets might need a few days to get a clearer sense of when Duda can return, Collins said.

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal noted the Mets are saying Cespedes has a cramp in his left hamstring. Flores has been prescribed antibiotics and is expected to miss at least two days, though Collins didn't rule out a longer absence.

The New York Mets are playing without All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes because he was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a left leg injury.

Gilmartin and infielder T.J. Rivera were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

C├ęspedes underwent an MRI on Friday, but the results haven't been released yet, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

With both first basemen out, the Mets will turn to Jay Bruce to play first base Thursday night against the Phillies. Familia completed a 15-game suspension Thursday for an offseason domestic violence incident involving his wife. Montero won the long reliever job with an impressive spring but went 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in six appearances, during which he allowed a whopping 24 baserunners (16 hits, eight walks) over just 6 2/3 innings.

Duda is hitting.238 with four homers and seven RBIs. DeGrom is 0-0 in three starts this season despite a 1.89 ERA. Juan Lagares has come on to replace Cespedes, taking over in center with Michael Conforto moving to left field.

Flores is a career.254 hitter in five seasons with the Mets.

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