Duda likely to make Grapefruit League debut Sunday

First baseman says he feels 'great' after Minor League intrasquad game

Duda likely to make Grapefruit League debut Sunday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who has been sidelined since the early days of camp with a left intercostal strain, doubled in five at-bats Thursday morning in a Minor League intrasquad game. He came out feeling "great," in his words, and remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Before Thursday, Duda had been limited to batting practice in a cage.

"I swung and missed a couple times," Duda quipped. "Obviously that's going to happen during the season, so I've got to get used to that as well. Physically, it feels good."

Other Thursday updates from Mets camp:

• Closer Jenrry Mejia gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Minor League intrasquad game, allowing four hits and two walks. Bullpen candidate Rafael Montero was on the opposite end of the spectrum, striking out three over three shutout innings.

• The Mets announced that with their April 13 home opener against the Phillies nearing a sellout, they have put Standing Room Only tickets on sale at mets.com/OpeningDay.

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.