Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 3 Days
Cuddyer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.
Cuddyer has made six straight starts for the Rockies, but will take a seat for the season finale. Ben Paulsen will man first base, while Charlie Blackmon gets the starting nod in right field. Cuddyer is in the final season of a three-year deal with the Rockies, so his future with the organization is unclear at this point.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 7 Days
Cuddyer went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
Cuddyer has endured a tough season, missing time in each month due to injury. But when the 35-year-old has been in the Rockies lineup he has produced. Cuddyer is hitting .335 overall and since coming off his latest stint on the disabled list September 8, he is slashing .346/.382/.692 over 52 at-bats.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 11 Days
Cuddyer is not in the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
This is Cuddyer's third day off in the last 11 games, but over that span he's raised his batting average from .310 to .335, so he should be back in the lineup soon. Ben Paulson will get the start in right.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 12 Days
Cuddyer (.335/.378/.593) had a spectacular Friday night against the Diamondbacks, as he smacked a grand slam home run(409 feet) and doubled twice going 3-for-5 while scoring three runs and driving in seven RBI.
In addition to the grand slam, Cuddyer also hit a bases-clearing double. You couldn't have asked for a better night coming from Cuddyer, who has fought injury all season long. The homer was his ninth of the year, which was his second in as many games. Cuddyer is a free agent in 2015, but the Rockies may look to bring him back if the price is right.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 13 Days
Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with a homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.
It was just his eighth long ball of the year, as Cuddyer's spent a lot of time on the DL. When he's played, however, he's been a borderline-elite hitter, with a spectacular .327 average and .933 OPS in 42 games.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 21 Days
Cuddyer is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Charlie Blackmon will slide over to right field, with Drew Stubbs getting the start in center. The fact that Cuddyer's batting average dropped from .328 to .319 with an 0-for-4 night Tuesday illustrates just how little he has been able to play this season. The fact that he'll turn 36 next season and will be a free agent makes it difficult to project his value for the 2015 season. If he moves out of Coors Field, it will be hard to imagine him hitting above .300 for a third consecutive season.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 23 Days
Cuddyer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Mets.
Cuddyer hasn't played much this season due to injuries, but he has performed well when healthy as he is hitting .328 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. He could provide fantasy owners with a nice boost down the stretch if he can stay healthy.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 23 Days
Cuddyer (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL on Monday. He'll be in the lineup at first base Monday against the Mets, batting in the cleanup spot for the Rockies.
In a season chock-full of health issues, Cuddyer's most-recent injury qualifies as one of the lesser concerns, as he missed only the minimum 15 days on account of the hamstring issue. During the few occasions in which he's been healthy this season, Cuddyer has shown that his NL batting title campaign of 2013 was no fluke, batting .331 with six homers over his 130 at-bats. With the 35-year-old set to become a free agent after the season, a productive, injury-free September could help him land a favorable new contract in the winter.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 24 Days
Cuddyer (hamstring) is set to return from the disabled list Tuesday against the Mets, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Cuddyer hasn't seen game action since a pinch hit appearance back on Aug. 23, but will make his return early this week. Fantasy owners considering adding him in their weekly lineups may want to exercise a wait-and-see approach, as it's unclear how much playing time the 35-year-old will see upon his return. With Cuddyer set to hit free agency after a disappointing season and the Rockies out of contention, they may elect to award more reps to their younger players.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 28 Days
Cuddyer (hamstring) said he's feeling good and is expected to come off the DL when eligible Sept. 7, the Associated Press reports.
Hamstring and shoulder woes have limited Cuddyer to just 34 games this season, cooling any possible trade market for the outfielder. With Cuddyer set to become a free agent in the offseason and the Rockies unlikely to bring him back, he could see a reduction in at-bats over the final few weeks, as the team looks to give more starts to players that are larger factors in the team's future plans.