June 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (3) reacts to his strike out in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies received some more injury news Wednesday afternoon as right-fielder Michael Cuddyer exited the game against the Chicago Cubs after being hit by a pitch on his left shoulder in the third inning of Cactus League action.
Cubs right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivered a slider in the third inning that plunked Cuddyer on the shoulder he tried to lean out-of-the-way. Cuddyer would stay in the game for one play but would be exited alongside Rockies trainer Keith Dugger after a Carlos Gonzalez bases-loaded walk. Jason Pridie would replace the veteran in the lineup shortly thereafter.
Cuddyer like Troy Tulowitzki, is off to a relatively slow start to the Spring. He hasn’t recorded a hit in nine plate appearances. Rockies already have four other players battling the injury bug, including Morneau, Chacin, Rutledge, and Pacheco.