Ailing Duda, Francisco limited for opener

Ailing Duda, Francisco limited for opener

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Lucas Duda and pitcher Frank Francisco were ailing and unavailable on Monday.

Duda was taken out of the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms.

"He's sick enough that he can't play," Collins said. "He feels terrible today."

Collins said that Duda stayed in the clubhouse with a hooded sweatshirt, another jacket on top of that and a heating pad. Collins had Duda remain in the clubhouse to get fluids and perhaps be available for late-inning pinch-hit duties.

"But I'd rather do that than take him out of the game in the second inning and lose two guys," Collins said.

In the seventh inning, with the Mets trailing by two runs and runners on second and third with two outs, Duda pinch-hit and earned a walk to load the bases ahead of Kirk Nieuwenhuis' two-run single.

Francisco is suffering from an upper hamstring issue and is day to day.

"We didn't want to aggravate it," Collins said. "It's bothered him the last couple of days."