The Colorado Rockies will be without two of their star players today against the Miami Marlins. In the case of outfielder and first baseman Michael Cuddyer, they will be without him for the foreseeable future and, if they are wise, the rest of this regular season. Cuddyer re-injured his right oblique to the point that he said he was having trouble breathing after last night’s 6-5 loss to the Marlins. Carlos Gonzalez will be away from the team until at least Tuesday due to the passing of his grandfather Eduardo Guerra. Gonzalez flew back to Venezuela yesterday.
This situation grants outfielder Charlie Blackmon his first chance this season to play for the big league club. He went 0-1 in a pinch hitting role last night. Andrew Brown returns to the Rockies in the corresponding move that sends Cuddyer to the DL.
Appropriately, Gonzalez can be on the bereavement list for up to 7 days, meaning he might not return until later this week.
As for Cuddyer, I see no reason for the veteran to play again this season. The Rockies have other players to assess in his two positions and at this point, it makes no sense to risk further injury.