Mets injury news: Cuddyer will likely avoid DL stint

By Danny Abriano

Terry Collins said on Wednesday that Michael Cuddyer will miss the next game or two, but that he would not be placed on the disabled list.

Though Cuddyer is expected to be out for just a day or two, the Mets will be playing shorthanded until he returns.

Cuddyer, who exited Tuesday night’s New York Mets game prior to the seventh inning due to a sore left knee and said after the game that he was “definitely concerned” about it, received an MRI and an injection in the knee on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Cuddyer said that the knee started to bother him when he was running out a grounder in the first inning on Tuesday night, and that it tightened up as the game went along.

After the top of the sixth, Cuddyer told manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez that the knee was bothering him and was immediately removed from the game.

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Darrell Ceciliani replaced Cuddyer in left field.

Cuddyer has just two hits in his last 28 at bats as his triple slash has dipped to .243/.297/.365.


It’s nice for the Mets to get some “good” injury news for once.

With Cuddyer slated to miss just a day or two and Collins being adamant that it won’t result in a disabled list stint, it’s probably safe to infer that the MRI didn’t reveal anything alarming.

Just as important as Cuddyer’s health, though, is the fact that he has been a shell of himself for the majority of the season. Perhaps part of that is due to whatever has been going on with his knee, and the other nicks and bruises he’s suffered this season. Either way, he needs to perform to help the Mets emerge from their offensive malaise.

Even if Cuddyer remains healthy, unless he ups his performance in a big way, Sandy Alderson should still be looking for an external acquisition who can come in and provide some offense at the corner outfield spot Cuddyer is currently occupying.