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NEW YORK -- Mets first baseman Lucas Duda likely will not play again this season because of a recurrence of back pain. Cheap Wizards Jerseys Authentic .Duda has been sidelined since May 20 because of a stress fracture in his lower back, an injury originally projected to keep him out of the lineup for four-to-six weeks.Duda had been taking ground balls and hitting off a tee at the teams spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, when he felt the renewed pain late last week. He traveled to Marina del Rey, California, where he was examined Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins.He just had a flare-up of a little bit of back pain, and the doctor said just back him off, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday. Im sure it was caused by the workouts. There wasnt any indication specifically what it was.Asked whether Duda could possibly return in October if the Mets reach the postseason, Alderson said: It doesnt look good. Alderson said Duda should heal with rest and be ready for spring training.Duda hit .231 with seven homers and 19 RBI in 39 games before going on the disabled list. The 30-year-old has a $6,725,000 salary this year and is eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.He had a career-high 30 homers in 2014, then had 27 homers, 73 RBI and a .244 batting average last year as the Mets won their first NL pennant since 2000.James Loney, acquired from San Diego on May 28, has taken over as the Mets first baseman. He entered Wednesday nights game against the Yankees with a .284 average, six homers and 21 RBI.New York also said right-hander Zack Wheeler will pitch Saturday for Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League in his first game since Tommy John surgery on March 25 last year.Yoenis Cespedes was in the Mets lineup as the designated hitter, his first start since aggravating a right quadriceps injury on Saturday, Mets manager Terry Collins expects Cespedes will be ready to return to the outfield next Tuesday, when the Mets open a series at home against Arizona.Cespedes had a run-scoring infield single when he pinch hit Tuesday in a 7-1 win over the Yankees at Citi Field. Retired major leaguer Kevin Millar tweeted a photo of himself with Cespedes after a round of golf Wednesday, which did not bother Collins.Was he running on the course or was he walking? Did he ride a cart or was he jogging? Collins said. No, I dont have any problem. Cheap Washington Wizards Jerseys . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. Cheap NBA Jerseys .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. PHILADELPHIA -- The subject was Aaron Rodgers, and the two people discussing him not long ago were Tom Brady and another prominent NFL figure. Brady conceded to the man that Rodgers had much more physical talent than he had. Brady assured him -- half-jokingly -- that if Rodgers had the benefit of the New England Patriots system and the Bill Belichick think tank, he would throw for 7,000 yards every year.At the top of his game, leading the Green Bay Packers as assertively as Brady leads the Pats, Rodgers was always a fascinating performer to watch. He had the wheels to break away from defenders and race for a first down, yet he was more of a dancer than a sprinter. He was Baryshnikov in the pocket, making bigger, angrier invaders miss with his beautiful ballet.Only lately Rodgers hasnt been all that easy on the eyes. His team had lost four straight, and the quarterback who told his panicking fans to R-E-L-A-X two years ago had no right making the same plea. The Packers walked into Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night with no running back to speak of, no world-class speed at receiver, and no reason to believe their dreadful defense could stop even an offense as limited as the one being run by Eagles rookie?Carson Wentz.Rodgers was a bit of a problem, too. His season had been defined by relatively bad aim, relatively bad body language and reported fractures in his family relationships. He was playing under a persistent cloud, and he needed a whole lot more than his seemingly desperate boast that his then-4-6 Packers could run the table over their final half-dozen games to escape it.So this is why it was so much fun to watch No. 12 look like No. 12 again, opening Mondays?27-13 victory with two touchdown passes to Davante Adams on his first two drives and punctuating the first with a fist pump and the second with a Tiger Woods uppercut. Did you happen to catch that second one? Its pretty hard to believe Adams happened to catch it in the back of the end zone with Nolan Carroll draped all over him.Rodgers has spent his career throwing balls into what football people like to call tight windows, but this window was all but sealed shut. How many quarterbacks in the history of the game even attempt that 20-yard throw, never mind complete it to a covered receiver who was blinded by the stadium lights?I couldnt see the ball until the last millisecond, Adams said. The receiver would tell Carroll, whose back was to the incoming pass until, well, the last millisecond, The ball just landed in my lap.Rodgers didnt have the pleasure of watching it live, but while on his back he listened for the crowd reaction to tell him the story. It was a small cheer, the quarterback said, so I figured either something good happened or it was incomplete.Something pretty damn good happened if youre a fan of great players doing great things against the odds. The NFL is a better place when Rodgers is Rodgers instead of the shadow of his former self he has been for much of the past two seasons, when he has spent too many games completing fewer than 60 percent of his attempts. Cheap Wizards Jerseys. He would connect on 30 of 39 passes against the Eagles for 313 yards, and he would run twice for 25 yards and two first downs on an opening drive that suggested it would be a long night for the home team and its own faltering playoff hopes. Rodgers would also play through an injured hamstring in the second half, after ducking into a makeshift tent on the sideline to drop his pants and get the leg taped up.No, the franchise quarterback couldnt let down the franchise by talking about running the table before spending the second half sitting on the training table. His positive attitude has been consistent throughout his time, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Hes grown as a quarterback since starting in 2008. Hes grown as a person all the way through. ... Hes an excellent leader and always has been. Its something we will build off.Rodgers had actually thrown 12 touchdown passes against three interceptions during Green Bays four-game losing streak that ended Monday night, but his team had lost its past two by a combined 40 points. He needed to do more Monday night -- a lot more -- and he responded by giving the gifted Wentz a snapshot of what a grown-up quarterback looks like.Rodgers talked with the rookie before the game and came away impressed by Wentzs intelligence and athleticism. Eagles fans, Rodgers said, should be excited about the future with Carson.But what about Packers fans? How excited should they be about the near-future with Aaron now that he has talked hopefully about winning the next five games?After he unstrapped his backpack from his shoulders and winced as he stepped up to a news conference podium, Rodgers sounded more relieved by the victory than he did emboldened by it. Its been a rough stretch, he said. Were human. You lose a few in a row and doubt starts to creep in on whether or not you can actually finish one of those games off.Asked how a professional athlete prevents the doubt from consuming him, Rodgers spoke of trusting his preparation and committing to a consistency in approach. Youve got to believe in yourself, he said, and believe in your teammates and not let that doubt or fear of failure cripple you. Youve got to harness it and channel it to the positive, and I think our guys did that this week.Just days after Rodgers talked about turning 4-6 into 10-6, the Packers converted on 10 of 14 third-down chances and played their first complete game of the season. Maybe this is the beginning of something special, maybe not.Either way, Rodgers reminded everyone Monday night that, at 32, he still has some prime-time football to play. 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