Mets resist calling up Ike with three lefties on tap
PHILADELPHIA -- Even with Lucas Duda going on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain, the Mets resisted any temptation to quickly recall Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, calling up infielder Zach Lutz instead.
"The next three days we are facing lefties [John Lannan, Chris Sale and John Danks]," said manager Terry Collins. "Give [Davis] a few more at-bats and keep it going a little bit.
"I told [GM] Sandy [Alderson] yesterday when I told him of the possibility of [losing Duda], 'This is a tough stretch against left-handed pitchers. Sale is real tough on lefties, so we don't want to put [Davis] back in a funk.'"
Collins said Daniel Murphy will not be in the mix at first base during Duda's absence. Josh Satin got the start in Sunday's finale against the Phillies.
"[Satin] has gotten bases on balls, worked the count and gotten hits," said Collins. "He deserves an opportunity against left-hand pitching to get in there.
"I don't know what I am going to do Tuesday."
Lutz, 27, who was hitting .286 in Las Vegas with seven homers and 37 RBIs, will get some of the starts in Duda's absence, and Collins conceded that Andrew Brown is another option.
After hitting two home runs in consecutive games, Davis was 0-for-3 with Las Vegas on Saturday and is hitting .310.