The injuries have been piling up for the Rockies, and one of their latest may have ended the injured party’s season. Michael Cuddyer, placed on the DL over the weekend due to an oblique strain, could be done for the year:
“There is a possibility,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday when asked if Cuddyer is done. “I won’t (say) that’s completely the case, but I won’t rule it out, either.”
Cuddyer is batting .260/.317/.489 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 101 games this year, the first of a three year deal. Given that the Rockies aren’t playing for anything but pride for the next month and change, no sense in rushing him back.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.