Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer left tonight's game against the Cubs early with a sore left knee. The veteran has been ice cold at the plate lately and is now hitting just .243/.297/.365 in 283 plate appearances this season. That translates to an 88 wRC+, far below his career mark of 112 and the numbers he posted while playing for the Rockies.
While Cuddyer has gotten rest somewhat regularly during the season, he has not spent any time on the disabled list so far this season. If he were to land there now, the Mets could call up top prospect Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton to fill in, though that move would be a little bit surprising. Our own Jeff Paternostro recently wrote up Conforto and said:
Conforto is, as I am writing this, hitting an even .400 in Double-A. Granted, it is only 78 plate appearances, but he is closer to major league ready than any bat in the system, and I don't see a huge test for the offensive projection until he reaches the majors. So the only question here is: How soon will that be? I'd personally keep him in Binghamton for a bit to make some of the adjustments against off-speed pitches I mentioned, but if Michael Cuddyer or Curtis Granderson goes down with an injury, I'd be hard-pressed to argue that Conforto isn't the best everyday outfield option.