Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer out 6-8 weeks with fractured shoulder
The Colorado Rockies' offense took another hit on Monday when outfielder Michael Cuddyer said he will be out for six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the glenoid socket in his left shoulder.
The team is already without outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who will undergo exploratory surgery on his injured left index finger.
Cuddyer had already missed three games and was placed on the disabled list after injuring the shoulder trying to make a diving play in last Thursday's 12-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rockies lead the National League in runs scored, hits, home runs, runs batted in, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS, but sport a 29-34 record, 12.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
"Finishing that game was extremely painful," Cuddyer said. "I [gritted it out] the last inning, and they just kept hitting ground balls to me. It's something that as a professional team we have to push through. Nobody in the league is going to feel sorry for us."
Cuddyer, who won the 2013 National League batting crown, was hitting .317 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 31 games this season. He missed a month earlier in the season after injuring his hamstring.SI.COM STAFF: MLB Power Rankings: Giants stay in first, Indians rise, Rockies fall