Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 1 Month

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Rockies and Mariners played to a 2-2 tie in Cactus League action on Friday.

The 34-year-old has been bothered by a sore shoulder this spring, the result of getting hit by a pitch. With the two-hit effort, he's now hitting .174 (4-for-23) and has yet to drive in a run.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 1 Month

Michael Cuddyer went 0-for-3 against the Reds on Wednesday, dropping his Cactus League average down to .059.

Cuddyer was hit on the shoulder with a pitch last week, which could be at least part of the explanation for his slow start. The soon-to-be 35-year-old veteran won the NL batting title last year with a .331 average. The smart money is on Cuddyer falling back near his .277 career average, but he can still be counted on for close to 20 homers and 10 stolen bases.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 1 Month

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) is "50/50" to play Friday.

Cuddyer felt better than expected Thursday, one day after he was hit on the left shoulder blade by a pitch. "We'll check with him in the morning, but it sounds like he's doing a lot better," Weiss said Thursday. "He's got a chance to maybe be out there tomorrow."

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Michael Cuddyer said he's alright after being hit in the left shoulder by a pitch Wednesday.

"It's only a bruise," Cuddyer said. "I should be back in a couple of days. Where it hit me in the scapula, I couldn't lift my arm. But I am able to do that now. It's just really sore." There was some concern initially that he'd been hit in the hand by the Jeff Samardzija pitch, but it appears he escaped without serious harm. The 34-year-old will likely just miss a few days due to the incident.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 1 Month

Michael Cuddyer left Wednesday's Cactus League game after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch off his hand.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post says the "early indications were that Cuddyer did not suffer a fracture." He will be examined by the Rockies' medical staff and then the team should quickly issue a status update.

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Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Thursday that he's considering hitting Michael Cuddyer second in the batting order this season.

Likely second baseman D.J. LeMahieu is also a candidate to hit there, but Weiss is intrigued by the idea of having power in the two hole. "I talked to Cuddy about it this winter, and the appealing thing about that is when you turn the lineup over there's power right away," Weiss said. The move up in the order would reduce Cuddyer's RBI chances but help out his runs total. Cuddyer hitting second would also mean Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario moving up in the order.

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Rockies owner Dick Monfort wrote in a letter to season ticket holders that Michael Cuddyer will likely move to first base next season.

Cuddyer has played plenty of first base in his career, making 37 starts at the position for the Rockies over the last two seasons. With Todd Helton retiring, Cuddyer will move to first full-time and allow the club, according to Monfort, "an opportunity to fill (right field) with a big bat." The Denver Post's Troy Renck lists Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz and Corey Hart as potential fits in right field.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 7 Months

Michael Cuddyer (wrist) sat out Saturday's game but will be in the lineup on Sunday.

Cuddyer is dealing with a sore left wrist he sustained on September 18, and with little to play for Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave Cuddyer the night off on Saturday. Weiss said "there's a good chance" Cuddyer will be back in the lineup for Sunday's season finale.

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Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in a win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Cuddyer has three multi-hit games over his last four, bringing his batting average up to .335 for the year. Atlanta's Chris Johnson is currently sitting at .327 with only a handful of games left in the season, so Cuddyer looks to be in good shape to win his first batting title.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/RF COL 7 Months

Michael Cuddyer returned to the Rockies lineup on Sunday without missing a beat, going 3-for-5 with an RBI in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

While the Rockies are out of playoff contention, it should be a fun race over the final week of the regular season while Cuddyer battles Chris Johnson for the National League batting title. The veteran outfielder is hitting .334/.392/.537 with 20 homers, 82 RBI and 10 stolen bases on the season.