New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda made some progress in his rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday when he swung a bat for the first time in nearly two weeks.
Sidelined since Aug. 21 with a small thoracic herniated disk in his back, Duda is rehabbing at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The left-handed slugger, who has 21 homers this season after clubbing a career-high 30 in 2014, will not come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend even though he is eligible.
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The Mets have been using Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer to replace Duda at first base, although Murphy had to leave Wednesday's game with an injury to his left quadriceps.