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Duda sidelined with 'minor medical issue'


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Outfielder Lucas Duda was a late scratch from Friday's lineup with what general manager Sandy Alderson termed a "minor medical issue." Duda had a doctor's appointment earlier in the day and, though he returned to the clubhouse, was unwilling to expound upon his condition.

Manager Terry Collins intimated that it was a minor issue, but said he was unsure if Duda would return to the lineup on Saturday. Marlon Byrd shifted to right field in Duda's absence, with Matt den Dekker entering the lineup in center.

"Lucas Duda will always try to play," Collins said. "But we'll see how he is in the morning."

Duda originally returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the previous two games because the Mets did not think he was ready for game action. Duda, who fractured his right wrist moving furniture over the winter, went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in his first two contests, before finishing 1-for-3 with a single on Wednesday.

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