PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Lucas Duda began the spring trying to eliminate the excess movement in his swing. But after a difficult start, hitting coach Dave Hudgens hatched a compromise, allowing Duda to bring back elements of his old swing.
"That movement is part of my swing but it's minimized," Duda said before he knocked in all of the Mets' runs Tuesday in an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals. "It feels good."
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Duda, the likely starting leftfielder, finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. He also hit his team-leading fifth homer of the spring.
Said Duda: "I feel ready for the season."
Second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is battling back from a strained right intercostal, went 1-for-5 with a walk in a minor-league game. He also played five innings in the field.
"Now it's a matter of getting his swing down," manager Terry Collins said.
Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano informed the Mets that he has chosen to remain in the organization. Instead of opting out of the minor-league deal he signed this winter, Feliciano will receive a $100,000 bonus to stay, per rules in the collective bargaining agreement.
The Mets told him on Monday that they want him to spend a month in the minors building up strength in his surgically repaired left shoulder.
Den Dekker in cast
Outfielder Matt den Dekker will spend the next six weeks in a cast with his fractured right wrist, a team spokesman said. As den Dekker himself announced on Monday via Twitter, he will not need surgery, which would have required a longer recovery time.