Lucas Duda goes on DL; Ike Davis left in Las Vegas

Lucas Duda of the Mets watches his home

Lucas Duda of the Mets watches his home run hit against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citi Field. (June 12, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

PHILADELPHIA -- As the rest of his teammates dressed for Saturday's game against the Phillies, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda walked the corridor beneath Citizens Bank Park in street clothes, bound for New York and an MRI on his sore left side.

It might be a while until he returns. Duda landed on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain.

The Mets recalled infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A Las Vegas. Lutz was hitting .286 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 53 games.

The Mets chose Lutz over promoting Ike Davis, who was demoted June 9 after his batting average dipped to .161.

Manager Terry Collins said before Lutz was called up: "If Lucas goes on the disabled list, Ike's got to be certainly in the conversation."

But some in the organization believe Davis should remain in the minors until he shows progress over a longer period of time. And he appears destined for a longer stay, simply because of the number of changes he was asked to make in his swing.

Davis is hitting .310 in 12 games for the 51s and had four solo homers in his previous two games before going 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday night.

Collins said general manager Sandy Alderson watched Davis play for Las Vegas on Friday night, another sign that a move had been considered.

Duda complained of soreness after Friday night's game against the Phillies. He wound up scoring the winning run by hustling from first base on a hit.

"He was pretty sore last night when the game was over," Collins said. "It was still sore again today, real sore this morning."

Duda reported to the park for early treatment after telling the manager that his side was "hurting him pretty bad," in Collins' words.

"I just felt we had to get it looked at," Collins said. "Because if it's intercostal, if it's an oblique or whatever it might be, it's a similar situation that we saw with Justin Turner. These things can get bad."

Turner landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left intercostal.

Duda was unavailable Saturday. Josh Satin is expected to start at first base in Sunday's series finale against the Phillies.

With Duda out, Daniel Murphy moved back to first base and Jordany Valdespin played second against Phillies righthander Jonathan Pettibone.

Collins also started lefthanded-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the outfield over righthanded-hitting Juan Lagares, who went 3-for-4 with a sparkling defensive play in centerfield on Friday.

Collins said Lagares will see plenty of playing time with three straight lefthanders slated to pitch against the Mets, beginning with John Lannan on Sunday.

Notes & quotes: Prospect Noah Syndergaard was promoted to Double-A Binghamton. He will start Sunday.

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