Mets recall Duda, option Baxter to Triple-A

The New York Mets recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas

and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to their top farm club on

Saturday.

Duda returns to the majors for the first time in two months. He

went on the 15-day disabled list on June 23 with a strained ribcage

and spent time at Las Vegas on a rehab assignment. When that ended,

he was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 7.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Duda will primarily be a backup

to first baseman Ike Davis and can serve as the designated hitter

when the team plays in Cleveland early next month. Duda started 58

games in left field for New York this season but had been playing

first base with Las Vegas.

Collins said he doesn’t want to disrupt the strong outfield play

his team has been getting lately.

Duda, who hit .235 with 11 home runs, 23 RBIs and a .353 on-base

percentage for the Mets earlier this year, arrived in New York and

was active for Saturday’s late afternoon game against Detroit. He

was batting .306 with no homers and eight RBIs in 18 games at Las

Vegas.

Baxter, a pinch-hitting specialist, was batting .208 with four

RBIs in 101 at-bats for the Mets. He was demoted to Las Vegas on

June 10 and recalled Aug. 3.