Michael Cuddyer expected to return to the Rockies on Tuesday


Rockies 1B/OF Michael Cuddyer is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Cuddyer has been sidelined since August 24 due to a strained right hamstring.

It’s been a tough year for Cuddyer, now 35 years old. He won the batting title in the National League last season, hitting .331, but he has played in only 34 games this season. He missed over a month between April 18 and May 20 with a strained right hamstring, and later was forced out for more than two months between June 6 and August 16 with a fractured left shoulder socket.

When Cuddyer has been in the lineup, he has been productive, owning a .331/.380/.546 slash line with six home runs and 19 RBI in 142 plate appearances. Manager Walt Weiss wants the Rockies to bring back Cuddyer, who is a free agent, in 2015. Via Saunders:

“I would like to see him back here,” the manager said Sunday. “I just think he means so much to our club, in ways that go beyond the stat sheet.

“We are always going to have a relatively young team, because of the market we are in, and because of our payroll. So it makes it even more important to have guys who can set an example in the clubhouse and set an example of how to play the game out here. There is none better than Cuddy. I think that part of it is important to our club and the growth of our club.”