The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list. Again. This time, Cuddyer fractured his left shoulder socket. He will be out at least six weeks.
The 35-year-old Cuddyer already missed a month of the season with a strained hamstring.
When he has been healthy, he has produced. He is hitting .317 with five homers and 16 RBI, along with three stolen bases.
Cuddyer’s injury will open up more at bats for Drew Stubbs, Brandon Barnes, and Corey Dickerson in the Colorado outfield. It also means that the struggling Justin Morneau is safe from a benching at first base. The absence of Carlos Gonzalez will also allow all of the hot-hitting Rockie outfielders to stay in the lineup.
In other news, the Pittsburgh Pirates are finally calling up Gregory Polanco. For real this time. All indications are that he will be starting Tuesday’s game when the Pirates take on the Cubs.
In the corresponding move, the Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker on the DL so he can recover from an appendectomy.
Seattle RHP James Paxton has been transferred to the 60 day DL. Paxton suffered a setback on May 24th, and has yet to resume throwing. He has already been out 60 days, so the Mariners will be able to activate him as soon as they think he is ready.
Orioles LHP Johan Santana, yes the same guy who won a Cy Young Award with the Minnesota Twins, has been moved to the 60 day disabled list. He was nearing a return from his shoulder injury when he tore his Achilles tendon in an extended Spring Training game.
This is yet another major injury for the 35-year-old Santana. His season is definitely over, and one must wonder if his career is as well. Quite an unceremonius end to a once dominant career.
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