Michael Cuddyer missed the first couple weeks of August while in recovery from a strained right oblique. Now he’ll also miss the final two.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Cuddyer re-injured his right oblique on Saturday night in the Rockies’ 6-5 loss to the Marlins and was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning after just three games on the active roster.
“It’s beyond frustrating,” Cuddyer told the Post on Sunday. “I felt so good. Felt good on the rehab. Felt good the past two days. Felt good my first two at-bats. Then one swing… This is worse. It really grabbed.”
The 33-year-old can be ruled out until probably mid-September. He’s batting .260/.317/.489 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 101 games this season after signing a three-year, $31.5 million contract over the winter.
The Rockies have recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the roster spot.
The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.
Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:
It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.
Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”
He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”
Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”
One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.
Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.
Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.