PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets outfielder Lucas Duda and shortstop Ruben Tejada both returned to the lineup Wednesday, following brief absences for completely different reasons.
Duda had not played since Sunday, when he struck out three times and the Mets determined he was not ready for game action. Coming back from offseason wrist surgery, Duda went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts over his first two Grapefruit League appearances, but hit a groundball single in his first at-bat Wednesday. He finished 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
"The first time up, we saw a more compact swing," manager Terry Collins said. "He's made big strides. He said he's feeling a lot better. So I think we're moving forward, and I think Lucas is starting to get a beat on what he's got to do."
Tejada also missed the last two games with a cramped right quadriceps. He played five innings at shortstop, finishing 1-for-3.