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Monday, September 8, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Michael Cuddyer activated

By on 9/08/2014 08:30:00 PM

The Colorado Rockies activated All-Star Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's game against the New York Mets. Cuddyer is in the lineup playing first base and hitting cleanup.

Cuddyer is hitting .331/.380 /.546 (OPS+ 142) with six homers and 19 RBI, but had appeared in only 34 games this season, due to a fractured shoulder (63 games), a strained left hamstring (28 games) and the strained right hamstring that kept him sidelined starting in mid-August. His extended absence, together with that of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, have sent the Rockies to last place in the NL West after a promising start to the season.

Cuddyer, a 14-year veteran, is considered a below-average defender but his offense boomed in Coors Field, taking him from a .272 hitter in the American League to the Silver Slugger award and batting championship in the National League.

Now in his age-35 season, Cuddyer was the Minnesota Twins' first round draft pick in 1997, making his major league debut on September 23, 2001. He spent his entire career (11 years) with the Twins before reaching free agency and signing a 3-year $31.5 millon contract with the Rockies in December 2011. Cuddyer is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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