If you thought the Mets were going to trade one of their golden arms for a much-needed bat, think again, general manager Sandy Alderson said. And no, not just because Steven Matz is injured.

"There was some speculation that we were looking to trade pitching and therefore this loss makes that less likely," Alderson said. "I don't think it was ever likely that we were going to trade out of that six-man group."

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Alderson said he will continue to be aggressive before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "In that sense, it doesn't affect us significantly," he said of the Matz injury. "We're two games over and still in the hunt. Losing Steven is tough, but two weeks ago, we didn't have Steven. It won't make us less aggressive."

Alderson said the Mets still are deciding whether to stay with a six-man rotation.

Cuddyer returns

Michael Cuddyer was back in the starting lineup (2-for-4 with a homer) despite his ailing left knee, as doctors have determined he cannot injure it further by playing, Alderson and Terry Collins said. "The doctors say he's just going to have to deal with the discomfort when it arises," Collins said. With Jordan Lauterbach