Mets activate Cuddyer, send Campbell to Triple-A
The Mets have activated Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list and demoted Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced.
Cuddyer, who dealt with a deep bruise in his left knee before being placed on the disabled list, hasn’t played for the Mets since July 21.
In 61 games for the Mets this season, Campbell hit .179/.301/.276 while hitting three home runs and driving in 19.
Cuddyer was struggling before getting hurt, hitting .250/.303/.380 with eight home runs and 30 RBI.
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The Mets made the logical move, which was to keep Michael Conforto in the majors at the expense of Campbell.
With Cuddyer likely unable to play every day and with his play before his injury not meriting every day status, having him in a lefty/righty platoon with Conforto makes perfect sense.
As far as the composition of the bench, Campbell’s presence became redundant once the team added Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. With Campbell having played the outfield in the past but unable to do so at an average level, swapping him out for Cuddyer was the way to go.
While Cuddyer hasn’t hit very well against left-handers so far this season, he’s traditionally mashed them for his career, and the Mets will hope he gets back to those ways if he does indeed make up the short side of a platoon with Conforto.
With David Wright beginning a rehab assignment on Monday night with High-A St. Lucie, the Mets might have another decision to make with Conforto in about 10 days, but lots can happen between now and then.
For now, Conforto will rightfully get the chance to continue to show the Mets what he can do at the major league level.