Lucas Duda's bat is waking up
Related mediaMets videos Mets portraits through Instagram 2013 Mets portraits Mets spring training 2013 Citi Field HRs
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After enduring massive struggles with his swing at the start of spring training, leftfielder Lucas Duda has given the Mets some encouraging signs.
In Saturday's 8-8 tie with the Marlins, Duda went 2-for-3 with a double and his first homer in Grapefruit League play this season. "There's no difference," he said. "It's just seeing more live pitching, that's it."
Duda's swings were limited earlier in camp because of offseason surgery on his right wrist. He also struggled to make adjustments to his swing. After two games, he was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts, prompting the team to bench him to work on his swing changes. But Duda has bounced back to collect hits in each of his last two games.
"He might walk in that locker room and say, 'OK, yeah, I'm going to be OK,' " manager Terry Collins said.
Solid outing for Harvey
In his second start, righthander Matt Harvey allowed a leadoff home run before finding his groove. He allowed three hits, one walk and one run with four strikeouts in 22/3 innings.
Feliciano back on track
Lefthanded relief specialist Pedro Feliciano will throw a bullpen session Monday and pitch in a game Tuesday, marking a quick return after he endured a health scare.
"I missed two outings, three outings at most," said Feliciano, who had been shut down because doctors diagnosed a rare heart condition. "The good thing is it was early. I've got a month to perform and be ready."
Feliciano, who will pitch while wearing a heart monitor attached to his chest, is scheduled to work in a "B" game Tuesday against the Marlins. He will be joined by veteran pitchers Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins, who both have been on a less accelerated throwing schedule during camp.
"This is the usual time I would pitch," Hawkins said. "I just don't think I need 15 innings to start the season."
Slow going for Francisco
Righthanded reliever Frank Francisco might not be ready for Opening Day, Collins said, though the former closer is on a throwing program.