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Mets injury update: Michael Cuddyer may not be activated until after weekend

Although Cuddyer had hoped to play this weekend in Tampa, the Mets may be planning otherwise.

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Although Michael Cuddyer had hopes of returning to action as soon as Friday, the Mets may be waiting until after the road trip to activate the 36-year-old outfielder.

Cuddyer's knee had been bothering him since the end of June before he finally went on the disabled list on July 24. The plan was for Cuddyer to play in a rehab game today for the GCL Mets, and then be reactivated for tomorrow night's game in Tampa. However, Cuddyer didn't play in either of the GCL Mets' double-header games today, so he'll be waiting to join the team when they return to New York on Monday.

Cuddyer has been underwhelming so far this season, hitting only .250/.303/.380 with eight home runs and a 94 wRC+. Although he was the Mets' big free agent splash this offseason, his injury, his diminished production, and the presence of Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto mean that Cuddyer has likely lost his starting outfield spot and may need to find a another way to contribute to helping this team chase a division title.