Lucas Duda a late scratch; Mets say it's not serious

Lucas Duda prepares for batting practice during a

Lucas Duda prepares for batting practice during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets leftfielder Lucas Duda was a late scratch from Friday's 6-2 victory over the Tigers and left camp briefly to be examined for a non-baseball-related health issue. General manager Sandy Alderson categorized the issue as minor and Duda refused to elaborate. "Everything's good," he said.

Manager Terry Collins said Duda also might miss Saturday's game against the Marlins, but Duda insisted he will be in the lineup.

 

Reliever update

Lefthanded relief specialist Tim Byrdak returned to the team's complex Friday. Byrdak, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery, hopes to be throwing off a mound by the end of spring training.

Lefthanded relief specialist Pedro Feliciano threw a light bullpen session despite wearing bulky heart-monitoring equipment. Feliciano, who has been diagnosed with a genetic heart disorder, was cleared medically only if he agreed to wear the device.

Righthanded reliever Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) played catch with bullpen coach Ricky Bones.

 

Murphy swings

Daniel Murphy (strained intercostal muscle) took swings, though Collins said the projected starting second baseman will need another 10 days before he sees game action.

 

Wright leaves for WBC

David Wright left Mets camp for the World Baseball Classic.

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