Lucas Duda breaks wrist moving furniture

Lucas Duda of the New York Mets looks

Lucas Duda of the New York Mets looks on against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (June 15, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his right wrist while moving furniture last month at his Southern California apartment, and he underwent surgery on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

Duda is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, according to the club. Hand specialist Andrew Weiland performed surgery on Duda, who was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

The 26-year-old hit .239 with 15 homers in a season interrupted by a demotion to Triple-A Buffalo. Duda struggled defensively in rightfield, prompting his move back to leftfield during his second stint with the Mets later in the season.

In need of power in the lineup, the Mets are keen on giving Duda a chance to win a spot in the outfield for 2013, in hopes that they can squeeze more home runs out of his bat. Duda also would be a candidate to slide over to first base if the team traded Ike Davis this winter, capitalizing on his value after a 32-homer season.

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