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Michael Cuddyer is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Corey Dickerson is getting the start in left field while Drew Stubbs patrols center on Saturday.

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Michael Cuddyer is making his first start at third base since 2010 in Saturday's game against the Indians.

Gulp. Cuddyer played quite a bit of third base in the high minors and back in 2004-05 with the Twins, but his only appearances there in the last nine seasons came in 2010, when he started 13 games there. The Rockies have decided to give him a look at his old spot with Nolan Arenado out, but it's hard to imagine the big defensive hit they'll take will prove worth it. On the plus side, it does get Corey Dickerson's bat into the lineup, which is always a good thing.

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Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Braves.

It was his fourth home run of the season and his first since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday. The 35-year-old is batting .329/.381/.553 through 20 games this season, so he has picked up from where he left off last year.

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Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-4 with an RBI before Thursday's Giants-Rockies game was suspended with the score 2-2 in the sixth inning.

The game will resume with Cuddyer on first base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but not until the Giants return to Coors Field in September. A decision was made to suspend the game during a second long rain delay. Both starters, Tim Hudson and Jorge De La Rosa, left after the first, which started after the third inning.

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Rockies activated OF Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list.

Cuddyer missed a little over four weeks with a left hamstring strain. He was off to a tremendous start before the injury, batting .317/.373/.533 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 16 games. His return to the active roster means less playing time for Corey Dickerson.

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Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) is hoping to be activated for the beginning of the series against the Giants on May 20

Cuddyer was cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games starting on Thursday after running the bases Tuesday again with no issues. He's been out since mid-April. "Hopefully, I'll be back for the Giants series [beginning May 20]," Cuddyer said. "You've got to play some games to make sure you are at game speed."

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Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) did some running at about 70 percent and also took batting practice Friday.

Cuddyer hasn't been cleared to run the bases yet, but this was a nice step in the right direction for him. He's missed the last three weeks with a left hamstring strain. Obviously, a clearer timetable for his return should be known once he's running the bases.

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Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) will begin light running this weekend in Cincinnati.

Cuddyer has been relegated to light work like playing catch as he recovers from the left hamstring strain he suffered on April 17. He's still likely a few weeks from returning, but running will be a big step toward getting back on the field.

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Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) said Tuesday that while he's "getting better," there's "no timetable" for his return.

Although Cuddyer isn't sure when he'll be back, Rockies manager Walt Weiss expressed optimism that the outfielder could return around when he's first eligible on Saturday. "No, I think he'd be ready around the time he's eligible to come off," Weiss said. "He'll probably need to get some at bats, but I think he'll be ready pretty soon." There seems to be a bit of a disconnect here, but two times in the last few days Cuddyer has expressed some pessimism. At the very least, it doesn't sound like he'll be back this week.

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Michael Cuddyer said Saturday that he's yet to see any improvement with his strained left hamstring.

"Every day kind of feels the same," said Cuddyer. "It's obviously not good to not have improvement, but, at the same time, it's not worse." Cuddyer suffered the injury 10 days ago, so it's troubling that he's not feeling any better yet. The outfielder is eligible to return on May 3, but obviously it's looking unlikely that he'll be back at that point.