Michael Cuddyer expected to start on Monday

BaronThe Mets are going to be a little more fortified when they face the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field.

Terry Collins said after Sunday’s 10-7 win over the Braves in Atlanta he expects Michael Cuddyer to be in the starting lineup against Miami’s LHP Justin Nicolino.

Cuddyer has been restricted due to an injured right wrist since September 1. He received a cortisone injection last Sunday in Miami after being unable to clench his fist due to the pain.

He made a pinch hitting appearance on Friday night and notched an infield single. He also appeared as a pinch hitter on Sunday and was hit by a pitch. He last started in a game on September 1 against the Phillies.

Cuddyer is hitting .329/.387/.518 in 31 games and 17 starts since July 3. Overall, Cuddyer has hit .264/.319/.402 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 376 plate appearances in 2015.

He had missed significant time this season with a bone bruise in his knee and now this wrist injury.

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