by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (1:26 am ET) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer returned to action in a big way as he launched his eighth home run of the season Friday night against the Giants.
Cuddyer doubled in two runs in the first and took starter Tim Lincecum deep for a solo home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI in a 5-0 win.
Cuddyer has recorded a hit in each of his last four games. He is hitting .438 (7 for 16) with two home runs and four RBI over that span.
Michael Cuddyer in Friday's lineup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/24/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is in the starting lineup Friday against the Giants after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Cuddyer was out with a bulging disk in his neck.
He had 15 plate appearances in two days at extended spring training and should be up to speed after facing Angels starter Jered Weaver in his own rehab start, according to the Denver Post.
Michael Cuddyer active, available vs. Giants
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/24/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was activated, as expected, for Friday's game against the Giants. Cuddyer had been on the disabled list since May 11 with a bulging disk in his neck.
Cuddyer will be available for the game, but it is not yet clear whether he will be in the starting lineup.
Cuddyer is recovering from an inflamed disk in his neck but should be in the starting lineup Friday against the Giants.
Michael Cuddyer shooting for Friday return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer will fly to Arizona Monday, the Denver Post reports. Cuddyer is expected to play in two extended spring training games.
Cuddyer should be ready to start for the Rockies on Friday in San Francisco if all goes well.
The outfielder has been dealing with an inflamed disk in his neck and was only cleared to begin baseball activities on Saturday.
Michael Cuddyer resumes baseball activities
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer (neck) is starting to feel better after the epidural shot he received Tuesday.
Cuddyer was cleared to resume baseball activities Saturday. He threw and hit in the cage for the first time since landing on the disabled list. Cuddyer told The Denver Post that he'll be ready to come off the DL Friday at San Francisco. Manager Walt Weiss has not decided if he'll need a minor-league rehab assignment before then.
Michael Cuddyer making slow progress
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) Contrary to reports earlier in the week, Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer might not be physically ready to play when he is eligible to come off the disabled list May 24.
Cuddyer is dealing with an inflamed disc in his neck, and he is advancing slowly in his recovery. He had an epidural shot in the next Wednesday, and is improving slowly.
"I was still pretty locked up yesterday after the epidural, but I'm feeling a little better today," he said to the Denver Post.
Cuddyer is still a few days from resuming baseball activities.
Michael Cuddyer likely back when eligible
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Rockies athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Monday that he expects outfielder Michael Cuddyer to go on a rehab assignment and return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible on May 23, MLB.com reports.
That is based on how Cuddyer's neck has responded to treatments in the past. Cuddyer, who underwent an MRI in Denver Monday, should be able to return in a few days.
Dugger said the plan is for Cuddyer to undergo an epidural shot. He can gradually work to regain his range of motion and strength about two days following the shot. He'll need a brief rehab assignment before returning for the Rockies.
Same old neck issue for Michael Cuddyer
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer underwent an MRI which revealed no new issues, the Denver Post reports Monday. Cuddyer is expected to receive an epidural injection for his neck issue.
Cuddyer was placed on the disabled list Saturday after being unable to show improvement with the bulging disk in his neck.
Cuddyer, who has experienced neck issues in the past while with the Twins, is batting .319 with seven homers and 23 RBI.
Michael Cuddyer placed on DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was unable to show progress afetr receiving treatment prior to Saturday's game, so manager Walt Weiss placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck.
Cuddyer, who had some neck issues during his 11-year tenure with the Twins, hit .319 with seven homers and 23 RBI this season before getting hurt.
DL a possibility for Michael Cuddyer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was hoping he would feel better Saturday, but his neck was still sore when he woke up as he continues to deal with a disc problem. He missed his third game in a row, and it looks like he might have to go on the disabled list.
"It’s not really any better," Cuddyer told the Denver Post. "I'm going to try to be full-go today. But to be honest with you, this is kind of a make-or-break day for me. I don't think you can afford to have a guy who can’t play on the bench."
Cuddyer will attempt to swing a bat in the cage after receiving treatment Saturday, and if he cannot bring himself to play through the pain, he will likely hit the DL.
Decision looming on Michael Cuddyer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer missed his third straight game Saturday against the Cardinals as he continued to deal with a disc problem in his neck.
The team was expected to make a decision on whether he needs to go on the disabled list later Saturday. MLB.com described Saturday as the "make or break day".
Cuddyer's injury comes at an unfortunate time. He was hitting .348 with two home runs and five RBI in six May games prior to the injury.
Michael Cuddyer dealing with neck injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was held out of Friday's starting lineup against the Cardinals with a disc problem in his neck.
Cuddyer will receive treatment on his neck and is being considered day to day by the club. The Rockies are concerned that his injury may linger over the next few days, according to the Denver Post.
Cuddyer has sat out the last two games. He was hitting .348 (8 for 23) with two home runs and five RBI through the first six games of May before getting hurt. The 34-year-old has a .319/.383/.580 line with seven homers and 23 RBI in 119 at-bats.
Michael Cuddyer not in Thursday's lineup
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Yankees.
Cuddyer will be replaced by Eric Young, who will bat leadoff. Cuddyer has been hot lately, with 10 hits in his last seven games. He will likely be back in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Michael Cuddyer keeps on hitting
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit safely for the 13th time in the last 14 games Tuesday night against the Yankees. He went 1 for 4 in the 2-0 win.
Cuddyer is batting .330 with seven homers and 24 RBI through 29 games. He told MLB.com before the contest that having Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez batting in front of him has led to better results in his second year in Colorado.
"The big thing is feeding off everybody else," Cuddyer said. "A whole lot goes into it. Pitchers are now worried about everybody in the lineup. They don't want to make mistakes to certain guys, and end up making mistakes. You don't want to be the guy to stop the train from moving. And a lot of it is good hitting, and some of it is luck. I've had a few infield hits, too."
Michael Cuddyer stays red-hot
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer slugged his sixth home run of the season for his only hit and drove in two runs for the second game in a row during Colorado's 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night. Over his past 10 games, Cuddyer has reached base in every contest, amassing four doubles and a homer while driving in nine runs.
Michael Cuddyer hits home run No. 5
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit his fifth home run in Wednesday's series finale against the Braves. He launched a solo bomb off starter Tim Hudson in the second inning and finished 1 for 5 with a walk in a 6-5 win.
Cuddyer has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and is batting .333 (10 for 30) with two homers and five RBI during that stretch.
Michael Cuddyer doubles in return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer overcame a hamstring issue to get the start Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Cuddyer doubled in the fourth and was 1 for 3 in a 3-1 victory. It was his seventh extra-base hit of the season. He is hitting .365/.441/.635 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 52 at-bats.
Michael Cuddyer ready to return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who was scratched Thursday with a sore hamstring, returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks. Cuddyer is batting .367 (18 for 49) through 13 games and has five RBI and six walks in his last five games.
Michael Cuddyer scratched from lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Mets because of a sore hamstring, according to The Denver Post. Cuddyer said he's ready to play, if needed.
Eric Young replaced Cuddyer in the lineup. Cuddyer is batting .367 (18 for 49) through 13 games and has five RBI and six walks in his last five games.
Michael Cuddyer notches four hits in doubleheader
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013)Michael Cuddyer went 4 for 7 with two walks, two runs and two RBI over the course of a doubleheader Tuesday for the Rockies against the Mets.
Cuddyer is off to a scorching start, as he owns a .367/.446/.633 line. Perhaps most remarkably, he has struck out just six times in 56 plate appearances (10.7 percent). Much of his struggles last year can be attributed to a 19.8 percent strikeout rate, his highest mark since 2006.
It usually takes closer to 150 plate appearances for strikeout rate to gain significance, but if Cuddyer keeps making constant contact, he'll be able to at least partially show his improvement.
Michael Cuddyer returns with two hits
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer returned to the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Giants after sitting out the day before to rest a sore left wrist.
He went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in the 4-2 loss.
"It feels good," Cuddyer told MLB.com before the game. "It's good to go. We're ready to go. The way I view it, you either can play or you can't. I can play today."
Cuddyer is batting .478 (11 for 23) through six games with two homers and seven RBI.
Michael Cuddyer resting sore wrist
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was held out of the lineup Sunday against San Diego because of a sore left wrist, The Denver Post reports. Cuddyer, who has nine hits in his first five games, is considered day-to-day.
Eric Young replaced him in right field and hit leadoff for the Rockies.
Wrist injury doesn't concern productive Michael Cuddyer
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer had another productive night at the plate on Saturday against the Padres. He went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI in a 6-3 win.
Cuddyer singled home a run in his first at-bat before doing the same in the fifth inning. Then in the seventh, he launched a two-run homer off Andrew Cashner for his second long ball of the season.
The 34-year-old twisted his wrist while diving for a ball in the outfield but Cuddyer believes he will be fine, The Denver Post reports.
“I think it will be OK, we’ll see,” Cuddyer said. “They didn’t have to take X-rays or anything.”
Michael Cuddyer supplies power off bench
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Brewers but made an impact off the bench.
He went 1 for 2 with a home run in the 7-3 win.
After striking out in his first at-bat, the 34-year-old launched a two-run shot off John Axford in the ninth inning for his first long ball of the season.
Cuddyer has gone 4 for 12 (.333) with three RBI through three games.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer came alive in his second game of the season Tuesday night in Milwaukee. After going 0 for 5 on opening day, Cuddyer led the Rockies on Tuesday with three hits.
The right fielder went 3 for 5 in the game with three singles and an RBI. His infield single drove home a run in the seventh inning for the Rockies. Cuddyer, who committed an error in the field, also scored once for Colorado in the game.
After his slow start Monday, Cuddyer is batting .300 after two games. The 34-year-old hit .260 with 16 homers and 58 RBI last year over 101 games for Colorado.
Michael Cuddyer heating up as opener nears
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is heating up as the spring training schedule winds down. Cuddyer homered for the second straight day Tuesday against the Padres -- a first-inning grand slam -- and has six RBI in his last two games. He's batting .304 (17 for 56) with two homers, three doubles and nine RBI in 18 spring games.
"I feel good and I'm ready for the season to start, for sure," Cuddyer said, per MLB.com. "These are kind of the last days of school, like when you're in high school."
Cuddyer's season ends
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/29/2012) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer's season has come to an early end, as he will not be able to return from the 15-day disabled list prior to the seasons' end next Wednesday, according to MLB.com. "I'm out here working," Cuddyer said. "That's what I'm paid to do, to be here and be a teammate. That's what I can do right now. I don't think there's any point in playing in one of these games and being hurt and having to start back from square one for the offseason."Cuddyer has been on the DL since Aug. 18, but will end up playing in just three games in the final two months of the season, as he was off the DL for just three days when he suffered a setback in August.