You can't tell Michael Cuddyer to tone it down, all-out is the only way he knows how to play baseball. But after the Rockies right fielder pulled up after hustling down the first base line in the 7th inning against the Padres Thursday he didn't push to make the start against the Phillies.
Cuddyer's hamstring was sore and received treatment all day - but manager Walt Weiss said he would be available to pinch hit if there was a situation.
"I think he understands this one. Coming out of the game yesterday and he felt [the tweak] pretty good so I don't think he was going to try to talk his way into the lineup tonight," Weiss said. "Knowing Cuddyer - if it's up to him - he won't be out too long."
The right fielder had also crashed into the fencing chasing a deep fly ball on Monday. He bruised his right arm as he hit a piping below the fence and appeared to be in pain. Cuddyer had to be removed from the game but then proceeded to convince Weiss he could play the next day.
The reigning National League batting champion's average is down to .317 after a hot start to the season. Weiss is hopeful that Cuddyer's minor cramp or tweak in his hamstring won't land him on the disabled list for any amount of time.
"You never know with these things but I feel pretty good that he won't have to go on the DL," Weiss asserted.
Cuddyer is as important any player in the Rockies lineup - and if he felt he could play then he certainly would. A day or two of rest to get the soreness out is necessary and Weiss would have made sure of that.