When he has been on the field during the 2014 season, Colorado Rockies’ outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been a tremendously productive hitter. Unfortunately for him and for the Rockies, he has not been on the field very often.
Having already spent time on the disabled list with hamstring and shoulder injuries this season, Cuddyer is headed back to the DL once again.
Per Jack Etkin of MLB.com, Cuddyer had hoped to avoid going on the shelf this time around, but the current construction of the Rockies’ roster did not allow it. Manager Walt Weiss said the following about the decision:
“It wasn’t an easy move to make, because I feel he’s probably a few days away [from returning],” manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s fought so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough year for him physically. I didn’t want to have to make that move. But our bench is beat up. Obviously our bullpen is pretty taxed right now. It’s going to be tough to survive even a few days as short-handed as we are right now, so we had to make that move.”
In just 34 games, the man known as “Cuddy” has been solid at the plate in 2014, batting .331/.380/.584. Those numbers come on the heels of a season in which he batted .331 and won a batting title.
A free agent at season’s end, Cuddyer might not end up back in Colorado. Granted, the Rockies have publicly expressed their affection for Cuddyer and the fact that they would like to re-sign him. Problem is, this is a team that already depends on injury-prone players in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
That will present a tough decision at season’s end, but for now the last place Rockies are once again without their three best players.