Wednesday August 3rd, 2016

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will be shut down for at least 30 days, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Wednesday.

The move, following a “flare up” in his back, as Alderson put it, puts Duda’s season in jeopardy, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Duda, 30, has played in just 39 games this season, missing significant time due to his back issues. He hit .231 with seven home runs in those games. Duda hit 57 home runs over the two seasons prior.

James Loney has been New York’s primary first baseman in the interim and is likely to continue in that role. Loney is hitting .284 with six home runs in 54 games.

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