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Michael Conforto may get sent down if Michael Cuddyer is activated

Michael Conforto of the Mets walks to the

Michael Conforto of the Mets walks to the plate to bat in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Friday, July 24, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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.

Extra bases

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.

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