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Michael Cuddyer rebounds since returning from DL

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Cuddyer is finally contributing to the New York Mets' success.

Signed to a two-year, $21 million deal in November, Cuddyer has been relegated to a part-time role because of a subpar first-half performance. However, since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 10, Cuddyer is hitting .359 (14-for-39).

He went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Wednesday's 9-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cuddyer had been on the disabled list with a bone bruise below his left kneecap.

"Obviously when you get production, your confidence goes up and everything snowballs from there," Cuddyer said. "I feel good at the plate. The knee feels good."

Cuddyer said the turnaround cannot be solely attributed to feeling healthy.

"I wouldn't say it's that simple. I think that's a copout for earlier [struggles]," he said. "I just think I haven't been putting pressure on myself to get the job done because I know the other guys in the lineup will and are. It works out. The less pressure you put on yourself, the more success you're going to have."

Said manager Terry Collins: "Even the fact that he's not playing every day has helped [the knee] remain strong. He hasn't said anything, but I'm sure that knee bothered him more than he said. We see it with a lot of guys at this level who just try to play through stuff. But right now he feels good and he's swinging really, really well."