Duda gets cortisone shot in sore left hamstring

Duda gets cortisone shot in sore left hamstring

WASHINGTON -- Lucas Duda has managed to avoid the disabled list by receiving a cortisone shot in his sore left hamstring, and should return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.

"I should be ready to play," Duda said before sitting out Tuesday's game in Washington.

Duda also sat out Sunday's game due to his bothersome hamstring, then spent his off-day traveling to New York for an MRI. That revealed only mild inflammation, which doctors soothed with cortisone. A day later, Duda, who is batting .246 with 12 home runs in 85 games, said he felt markedly better.

"There was no damage," manager Terry Collins said, indicating that Duda will enter into a right-field platoon with Scott Hairston. "They just said the shot will help, and in 48 hours you'll be ready to go."