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8/24/2013 3:33 P.M. ET

Duda recalled by Mets; Baxter optioned to 51s

NEW YORK -- After spending six weeks on the disabled list and more than two weeks with Triple-A Las Vegas, Lucas Duda is back with the Mets.

The Mets announced Saturday that the first baseman was recalled from Las Vegas and would be on the bench for the team's game against the Tigers. Outfielder Mike Baxter was optioned to the 51s in a corresponding move.

"Any time you're in the big leagues, everything's good," Duda said. "I'm just glad to be back."

Duda was batting .235 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs before suffering a strained left intercostal strain on June 22. Baxter batted .208 with four RBIs over 59 games with the Mets this season, and manager Terry Collins said they decided to option him so he could get more at-bats in the Minors.

"[General manager] Sandy [Alderson] told me the other day he was thinking about calling up Lucas Duda," Collins said. "He thought it would be good to get him up here. So I said, 'You're the boss, and if it's time to get him up here, we'll get him up here.'"

Duda was informed of the move after his game with the 51s on Friday night. He took a 7 a.m. flight Saturday morning and arrived at Citi Field in the fourth inning of the Mets' 3-0 loss to the Tigers.

The 27-year-old batted .306 with eight RBIs over 18 games with Las Vegas. Collins said Duda would play mostly first base in his second stint with the Mets this season, because he doesn't want to "disrupt what's going on in the outfield." Duda played 58 games in the outfield earlier this season, but he's been playing primarily at first in the Minors.

"He's going to play some first, we've got some games coming up shortly where we're going to have a DH, so he'll probably most likely get his bat in the lineup," Collins said. "I don't know how much he's going to play here or there. I'm not sure yet."

Mets playing it safe with Wright's rehab

NEW YORK -- David Wright is making progress in his rehab from a right hamstring strain, but the Mets aren't going to rush their star third baseman.

Wright has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3, and he's three weeks into the original three-to-five week timetable he was given for his recovery. He took ground balls for the first time on Friday and did some light running in the outfield before Saturday's game against the Tigers.

"The one thing about the rehab, as a player and a manager, you want it to happen fast. It does not happen fast," manager Terry Collins said. "There's a process involved, and we stand by our medical people, who we truly believe do a good job of managing."

Collins said Wright wouldn't be cleared to do full baseball activities until he can run the bases and run in a straight line with some speed.

Wright is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs this season.

"David said last week this could become a chronic problem if it's not taken care of and done right," Collins said. "Is he getting better? Yes. Is he getting closer? Yes. What's the timetable? No one knows."

Worth noting

• The Matt Harvey-Max Scherzer matchup on Saturday marked the first time in Major League history that All-Star starting pitchers have faced off against each other in the same season they started the All-Star Game.

• Saturday was Fiesta Latina Day at Citi Field. The Mets wore Los Mets jerseys and celebrated Hispanic culture throughout the game.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.