6/23/2013 8:24 P.M. ET
Mets resist calling up Ike with three lefties on tap
By Jay Greenberg / Special to MLB.com
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.
Collins thinking about using Wright as DH in Chicago
PHILADELPHIA -- David Wright, who has played in all 72 of the Mets' games this season, may get a load off his feet as the designated hitter Tuesday night when the Mets open a two-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.
"If Josh Satin has a nice day [Sunday], I'm going to talk to David about the possibility of getting him off the field," said manager Terry Collins. "When I was in the American League, I had players who didn't like the DH. It's tough between at-bats to stay ready.
"But somebody is going to DH. It could be [Zach] Lutz."
Lutz has played third and Satin has been taking ground balls there, too.
Since Wright's opinion is being solicited, his is that he would rather have a whole game off than spend the time the Mets are in the field thinking idle thoughts.
"It's up to [Collins] ultimately," said Wright, who tied a Mets record with four extra-base hits in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Phillies. "I am not a huge fan of DHing, but if he thinks it will be better for me physically, I will give it a go. If he is doing it to give me a rest, I would rather play the game and take another day off. If I am going to play the game, I would rather play the game."
But even with Monday's off-day and the two-day designated hitter window presented by Interleague games, Collins conceded his iron men -- Wright, Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd -- need to be getting a blow sometime soon.
"I'll tell you what, yesterday when the score was 7-1, David, Murph and Byrd were coming out if we didn't score some runs in the seventh inning," said Collins. "We are aware we need some breaks here.
"If you watch Marlon, though, he is one of those guys who knows how to take care of himself. What he does postgame to stay ready is pretty impressive. He gets rubs, stretches himself out, gets in the cold tub."
• Matt Harvey's 185 strikeouts coming into Sunday's start are the sixth most since 1916 for a starter after 25 Major League games. Only Kerry Wood (223), Hideo Nomo (220), Dwight Gooden (202), Mark Prior (192) and Yu Darvish (188) had more. Harvey's four double-digit strikeout games this year are the most in the National League.
• Harvey's RBI double, which helped break open Sunday's 8-0 victory, was the fourth of his 26-game career. He already has five RBIs in just 48 at-bats.
Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.