The Colorado Rockies have now lost a third member of their starting lineup to injury.
The team placed Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list Monday before their game against the Atlanta Braves. At that point it was unclear how serious the injury was or how long Cuddyer would be out of the lineup. Now the Rockies have a diagnosis, and it’s not good news.
Cuddyer will be out six to eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com:
Following Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Braves, Cuddyer, sporting a sling, revealed the true nature of his injury: a non-displaced fracture of his shoulder socket, which is expected to keep him out six to eight weeks but shouldn’t require surgery.
The right fielder previously missed time this season due to a strained hamstring. In limited action Cuddyer has batted .317/.366/.500 with five home runs and 16 RBI. The worst part about this injury for the Rockies is that he sustained it out of position.
A double switch in the late innings sent Cuddyer to play third base, a spot that the team has struggled to fill in Nolan Arenado‘s absence. Always a guy who hustles, Cuddyer dove for a groundball. He did not make the play and all he has is a bum shoulder to show for it.
The Rockies were a great story in the early months of the season. To say that they have crashed back to earth in recent weeks is an understatement. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games and key members of their lineup and their starting rotation to injury. They will have to do their best to stay afloat, now without Cuddyer as well.