Lucas Duda breaks wrist while moving furniture

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Ah, there's nothing like some bizarre injury news to give us something to talk about during a slow day in the baseball world.

Today's unfortunate victim? None other than New York Mets outfielder Lucas Duda, who recently fractured his right wrist while moving furniture at his apartment.

From the team's press release:

The New York Mets today announced outfielder Lucas Duda underwent surgery yesterday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to repair a fracture in his right wrist.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Weiland, the Mets' hand specialist.

The fracture occurred while Duda was moving furniture last month at his apartment in Southern California. Duda will be discharged from HSS today and is expected to be ready for spring training in February.

Duda was expected by some to make a big jump in 2012 after a powerful spring and there was early reason to get excited after the 26-year-old dropped a two-homer day on the second game of the season. Perhaps his decent finish in 2011 was really a sign of good things to come.

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Duda, however, struggled with his consistency and was demoted to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for pitching phenom Matt Harvey in mid-July. He was recalled in late August but still struggled and finished the season with 15 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .718 OPS over 121 games. Those numbers, coupled with this wrist injury that could sap his power further, isn't going to have anyone as high on Duda's prospects next spring. But at least the mishap occurred with plenty of time to recover before the Mets hit the field in Port St. Lucie in February.

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