ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Even though he drove in the tying run in the ninth inning of Friday night's Mets win and was in the lineup Saturday night, Michael Conforto is not a sure bet to stay on the roster if, as expected, Michael Cuddyer is activated from the disabled list Monday.
Conforto went 1-for-2 with a walk against the Rays Saturday night before being removed for a pinch hitter. With the Mets facing as many as five lefthanded starters in the next week, Conforto could end up in Triple-A so he can keep playing regularly.
"It's not about getting Michael Conforto playing time [in the majors],'' Terry Collins said. "It's about winning . . . Is it [better] for him to go down and play on an everyday basis for the next three weeks as opposed to playing 10 out of the next 20? I don't know. That's certainly something that will be discussed, but I don't have an answer for that. Again, it's about running the best lineup we can out there on a nightly basis, and certainly he's done a nice job. He's going to be a good player. "
Conforto, who went straight from Double-A to the majors, is batting .250 with one home run and eight RBIs.
Cuddyer went 0-for-4 with a walk in his second rehab game for Class A St. Lucie. He is expected to join the team Sunday but not be activated until Monday.
Curtis Granderson's leadoff homer was his sixth of the season, tying Jose Reyes (2006) for the franchise single-season record . . . David Wright (back) still is on schedule to play in his first minor-league rehab game , Collins said . . . Reliever Alex Torres was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.