Michael Cuddyer is set to have his knee examined by doctors when the Mets return to New York after the conclusion of their three-game series in San Francisco. He is not in the Mets' lineup this afternoon for the series finale. Terry Collins wouldn't rule Cuddyer out for the Mets' game on Friday night at home against the Diamondbacks.
Although a DL stint was deemed unnecessary last week, Collins said the veteran's knee is "fully swollen by end of game." Playing baseball with a fully swollen knee doesn't sound ideal
With the All-Star break right around the corner, it makes little sense to rush Cuddyer back. On the season, he is hitting .240/.292/.356, and he has struggled mightily over the last month. Placing him on the disabled list so his knee can begin recovering makes more sense than continuing to go day-to-day, especially since the All-Star break is coming up soon and the Mets are already playing with a short bench because of their six-man starting rotation.