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Michael Cuddyer to be examined Thursday in New York, but says he'll play

New York Mets leftfielder Michael Cuddyer is greeted

New York Mets leftfielder Michael Cuddyer is greeted in the dugout after he scores against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

SAN FRANCISCO - Michael Cuddyer will be examined by doctors Thursday in New York because of lingering soreness in a balky left knee that has kept him out of the starting lineup six times in the Mets' last eight games.

"Obviously, it bothers me here or there," Cuddyer said after the Mets' 4-1 win over the Giants Wednesday. "But it's something we can play with."

Though Cuddyer was available, he did not play. Eric Campbell went 2-for-4 including, a two-run homer in the ninth hitting, just his third of the year.

"I've been staying positive and telling myself that I've been having some good at-bats," said Campbell, who upped his average to .176. "Eventually it will turn at some point you hope. But to finally see a couple of balls fall in it's definitely nice."

Cuddyer hopes to play in Friday night's series opener against the Diamondbacks. In his first season with the Mets, Cuddyer has struggled, hitting just .240 with six homers and 28 RBIs.

Until his knee issue, the 36-year-old had stayed relatively healthy, a departure from an injury-plagued season a year ago. But that durability also has been costly.

"It just might be the wear and tear, which I think it is," said Cuddyer, who has played in 76 games, up from 49 last year. "I played double that this year already. Obviously, nothing is torn or anything like that. Obviously, it is just beat up. It's not a DL injury as far as I'm concerned."

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