Duda on bench as precaution, but feels good

Duda on bench as precaution, but feels good

Duda on bench as precaution, but feels good
ST. LOUIS -- One day after running into the right-field wall and subsequently leaving the game due to dizziness, Lucas Duda reported no ill effects from the episode. Though Duda remained out of the Mets' lineup Thursday as a precaution and was due for additional testing, he does not consider the issue serious.

"I felt good yesterday and I feel the same," Duda said Thursday morning. "I still feel good."

Regardless, the Mets have not yet ruled out a concussion and will continue to exercise caution with their right fielder. Partly due to the serious concussions endured in recent years by Mets players Ryan Church and Jason Bay, Major League Baseball has instituted a new set of protocols for head injuries, including the establishment of a seven-day disabled list.

Duda has never before suffered a concussion, reducing his risk for one.

Bay, who is battling flu-like symptoms, was also out of Thursday's lineup for a third straight game. Reserve outfielders Willie Harris and Mike Baxter manned the corner positions against the Cardinals.