Mets ac­quire Duda

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NEW YORK — The Mets have found help at first base fol­low­ing Lu­cas Duda’s in­jury, ac­quir­ing vet­eran James Loney from the San Diego Padres for cash.

Loney has spent this sea­son in the mi­nors, play­ing well for Triple-A El Paso. He was bat­ting .342 with two home runs and 28 RBI over 43 games in the Pa­cific Coast League.

Al­ways a fine fielder, the 32-yearold Loney hit .280 with four homers, 16 dou­bles and 32 RBI in 104 games with Tampa Bay last year. The Rays re­leased him April 3 and he signed with the Padres April 8.

Duda was put on the dis­abled list Mon­day with a stress frac­ture in his lower back that is ex­pected to side­line him at least four to six weeks, prob­a­bly longer.

Un­til Duda re­turns, Mets man­ager Terry Collins says Loney, a left-handed hit­ter, will mostly face right-handed pitch­ing in a first-base pla­toon with Wilmer Flores and Eric Camp­bell. Flores is close to re­turn­ing from a strained ham­string.

The trade was made Satur­day. Gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son says Loney might not be added to the ac­tive ma­jor league ros­ter un­til Tues­day, the next time the Mets are sched­uled to face a right-handed starter.

Loney lacks Duda’s power but is a .285 ca­reer hit­ter in the ma­jors with 99 home runs, 251 dou­bles and a .338 on-base per­cent­age with three clubs.

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