Michael Cuddyer Injury: Updates on Rockies Outfielder's Shoulder and Return

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 9, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16

The Rockies announced Cuddyer has been activated:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Nick Groke of The Denver Post has the latest on Cuddyer's return:

Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Cody Ulm of MLB.com reports on the results of Michael Cuddyer's MRI:

Fortunately for the 35-year-old free agent-to-be, Cuddyer's MRI showed his shoulder was healing properly with no structural damage, giving him the green light to begin his strengthening program with a mid-August return in mind.

'It's what I thought we were going to hear, that it's healing,' Cuddyer said. 'We don't have an exact timeline just because it's all symptomatic right now, but hopefully three weeks from now or so, I can go out on a rehab [assignment].'

The good news means Cuddyer can finally start working out his rotator cuff and implementing stabilization exercises all in an effort to 'get everything that hasn't been used in the last six-and-a-half weeks strong again.'

Updates from Tuesday, June 10

Cody Ulm of MLB.com provides an update on the injury and a timetable for how long the Rockies will be without Michael Cuddyer:

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The Colorado Rockies have placed first baseman Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list while he recovers from a left shoulder strain, according to the club's communication department on Twitter:

The 35-year-old has appeared in 31 games for the Rockies in 2014 and is batting .317 with five home runs and 16 RBI. In addition to starring at first base, the veteran has made several appearances in right field and at third base.

This marks his second trip to the DL this year, as he previously missed time with a left hamstring strain.

Despite ranking inside the top five in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, the Rockies find themselves more than a dozen games back of the surging San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Therefore, the Rockies will be hoping one of their top hitters can make a speedy recovery and return to the lineup in the near future. 

In addition to his prowess at the plate, Cuddyer's versatility in the field is huge for Colorado and will be sorely missed as long as he's on the disabled list.