The Mets placed Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list Friday morning after tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan showed that the leftfielder was not responding to medication and treatment for the inflammation in his left knee, the product of a bone bruise beneath the kneecap.
Though neither Cuddyer nor Sandy Alderson could provide a timetable, Cuddyer said he is "still confident that it's definitely not season-ending."
Added Alderson: "He got on a treadmill, had him do some other activity, just felt that he was going to have to go on the disabled list . . . Cuddyer could have gone on the disabled list any time over the last several days and we just felt that there was a chance he could come back over the last several days."
Cuddyer said he doesn't think playing aggravated the injury but does believe it did not allow it to heal. "I just never helped it," he said. "I never allowed it to get better, never allowed the inflammation, the swelling to get out, because, in the National League, you've got to pinch hit. You have to be available. You can't play with short benches, and so I think this was the smart thing to do after we exhausted all the other options."
He called it "extremely disappointing," said he felt pain with any sort of running and added that it is not something that requires surgery. "I've never had anything go wrong with my knee before,'' he said. "I didn't how it would respond, how long the swelling was going to stay in. I think as we continue to play, and have to not play and then get ready to pinch hit, things like that. It was starting to get tougher to battle through."
Mets won't miss ZackThe Mets thought they had escaped having to face Zack Greinke after the Dodgers announced that he was placed on paternity leave Friday after his wife gave birth to a boy, but manager Don Mattingly said he will pitch Sunday afternoon. Greinke is riding a 432/3-inning scoreless streak. . . . The Mets moved Rafael Montero to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Michael Conforto on the 40-man roster. Though Montero already is playing in rehab games, the move is procedural, as he's been on the disabled list for more than 60 days.