After his first game at Citi Field as member of the Mets on Monday, Michael Cuddyer said the joy of the fans and the atmosphere of the ballpark gave him chills.
His second game on his new home field ended with another feeling: pain.
A wincing Cuddyer left Tuesday night's game against the Phillies in the second inning, when he was struck on the left hand by a 90 mph fastball thrown by righthander David Buchanan.
For now, the Mets appear to have sidestepped major trouble. Cuddyer's X-rays came back negative and the team is calling the injury a bruise.
"As of right now, I don't think I'll need a day," Cuddyer said.
Cuddyer was the second hitter plunked in the inning. Wilmer Flores took an 89 mph fastball, also off the left hand. Flores remained in the game.
He was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who made a sliding catch in the leftfield corner in the third.
Cuddyer, 36, signed a two-year, $21-million deal this winter after playing just 49 games for the Rockies. He was sidelined by a fractured shoulder and a strained hamstring.
Relievers Bobby Parnell and Vic Black took their first steps back from the disabled list Tuesday night. Both began rehab assignments by appearing in a game for Class-A Port St. Lucie.
Parnell allowed two hits and struck out one in a scoreless inning. Black allowed a solo shot while walking two and striking out two in one inning of work.
Parnell is in the homestretch of his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Black has been slowed by shoulder fatigue. Both could provide a boost for the Mets, who also will be without Jenrry Mejia because of an 80-game PED suspension.