"Michael Cuddyer is not in there today only for the fact that [head athletic trainer [Keith Dugger] felt very strongly that we back off, and when Duggie feels very strongly that we back off, we back off," manager Jim Tracy said. "He's coming off of an oblique injury. [Dugger] doesn't really want to push the envelope coming off an oblique injury, so we're backing off today, and hopefully we'll have him plugged back in there tomorrow."
Cuddyer was 1-for-4 Thursday, sandwiching a game-tying two-run homer in the middle of three strikeouts. He had no tweak to his oblique, and the move is purely precautionary, according to Tracy.
"He's just getting the day off today after three days in a row coming off an oblique injury," Tracy said. "If the guy were to take a swing tonight and reach down and grab his side, I have to lay my head down on the pillow tonight and ask myself the question why I didn't strongly listen to the recommendation of the head trainer who's been doing this for an awfully long period of time and done it about as well as anybody's done it in the business."
Rutledge, who is nursing a sore left quad, pinch-hit in the bottom of the seventh Thursday, lacing a triple off the glove of Giancarlo Stanton to plate the go-ahead run before scoring on a squeeze bunt.
Fowler sat one game with a tight back. Hitting third, he singled to center in his first at-bat Friday, and was thrown out stealing to end the inning.