Nursing tight hamstring, Duda doesn't start

Nursing tight hamstring, Duda doesn't start

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda was out of the Mets' lineup on Wednesday with a tight hamstring, according to manager Terry Collins.

Collins said that the injury was minor, and that sitting him was only a precautionary measure. With an off-day on Thursday and temperatures looming in the 90s on Wednesday, Collins said the decision to give Duda the night off was the "smart" move.

"When it's going to be 99 [degrees], I don't want him to get dehydrated and have that thing cramp up," he said. "But he can play, he's able to play."

Scott Hairston started in right field on Wednesday, with Vinny Rottino in left.

Duda singled in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game before jacking a two-run home run in the sixth. He has reached base safely in 22 straight games -- a career high -- and has at least one hit in all but three of his last 19 games.