Duda to join MLB team for Japan tour

Duda to join MLB team for Japan tour

NEW YORK -- Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will tour Japan in November as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star series against Japan's national team.

"It's an honor for me to be part of this team," Duda said in a statement. "I hear the stadiums will be packed and the atmosphere will be off the charts. It should be a great experience."

MLB has yet to announce an official roster for the team, which will tour Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo and Okinawa, playing five games against Japan's national team and a number of other exhibitions. But at least one other first baseman, Colorado's Justin Morneau, is on the roster. Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was also originally slated to be part of it, but dropped out in mid-October.

Duda, 28, is coming off a breakout season for the Mets, who essentially chose him as their long-term first baseman when they traded Ike Davis to the Pirates in April. Duda hit .253 with a team-high 30 home runs in 153 games, driving in 92 runs and slugging .481.

"I already have put what happened this year out of my mind," Duda said. "I just want to keep on improving and getting better. I just want to do my part and help us get into the playoffs."

Other players committed to the tour include Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. The team will work out for two days next week at Dodger Stadium, not far from Duda's Southern California home, before departing for Japan on Nov. 8.

• With the World Series over, administrative season has begun. The Mets on Friday reinstated pitchers Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell from the 60-day disabled list; outrighted pitchers Scott Rice, Dana Eveland, Buddy Carlyle and infielder Josh Satin to Triple-A Las Vegas; and lost outfielder Andrew Brown and catcher Juan Centeno to waiver claims by the A's and Brewers, respectively. The moves reduced the team's 40-man roster to 34.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.