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Michael Cuddyer has been diagnosed with a right elbow contusion and is day-to-day.

The veteran outfielder slammed into the right field wall on Monday when he got crossed up on Alexi Amarista's RBI triple. The play was more a commentary that Cuddyer shouldn't be playing the outfield anymore than a fluke, but fellow former Twin Justin Morneau is in possession of first base for the next two years. Cuddyer is going to wake up very sore tomorrow, and we'd expect him to get a day or two off, but he's fortunate to escape without major injury.

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Michael Cuddyer left Monday's game against the Padres in the fifth inning after he slammed into the right field wall chasing Alexi Amarista's RBI triple.

Amarista's blast just missed clearing the wall, and it crossed up the veteran Cuddyer, who was backed up on his heals reaching when the entirety of his weight smashed back-first into the wall. Trainers were looking at his right elbow. We don't yet have an update on his status. Brandon Barnes entered the game to replace the 2013 NL batting title winner.

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Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

Cuddyer was one bright spot in an otherwise forgettable game for the Rockies. The right fielder hit his third homer of the season to give him eight RBI, and he's now hitting a robust .432 through nine games. After winning his first batting title a year ago, the 35-year-old obviously has designs on defending his crown in 2014.

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Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the Rockies defeated the Marlins 6-5 on Wednesday.

Cuddyer now has five hits in 12 at-bats to begin the season. The 35-year-old led the league with a .331 average last season, but many are skeptical about his ability to reproduce such a high average. He'll be eager to prove them wrong as he enters the final year of a three-year deal.

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Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Rockies defeated the White Sox 4-1 on Tuesday.

Cuddyer, who turns 35 on Thursday, brought his average up to .214 in 42 Cactus League at-bats. He's had a tough spring and is facing doubt that he can replicate last year's league-leading .331 average.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.