Michael Cuddyer is still hurting, the Mets are still not placing him in the DL

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The disabled list is a handy tool. It lets you remove injured players from your roster for a temporary period and replace them with healthy players. That way you are not forced to play with fewer players than your opponents have at their disposal. Over time, this serves to be a great way to maintain your competitiveness!

The Mets, however, are DL skeptics. Or at least so it seems. Because they have a player in Michael Cuddyer who has been in some pretty bad pain due to a bone bruise in his leg for quite a while. Since July 1 he has missed six of the Mets’ 15 games and has left early in three more. In the 29 at bats he has managed to take in July he is hitting pretty well, but overall this season he’s been pretty miserable. Given that the Mets are only three games behind the Nationals, it seems like it’d be a good time to get him fixed up and back into the fight at full strength rather than playing with 24 or maybe 24 and a half men in the weeks that could decide the Mets’ playoff chances.

Nah. The Mets are still putting it off. Jon Morosi reports that Cuddyer could be placed on the disabled list if his left knee doesn’t show improvement in the next two days, but for now the Mets are going with anti-inflammatories.

Maybe he makes a miracle recovery by Thursday?

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.