Oblique injury ends Cuddyer's season

Oblique injury ends Cuddyer's season

LOS ANGELES -- Time will run out on veteran outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer in his attempt to return from an oblique injury this season, but he continues to do his work with the Rockies during their final road trip.

Cuddyer, who signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rockies during the winter, after spending all of his previous 11 years with the Twins, hit .260 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 101 games. Cuddyer was out for 15 days in August, and played in three games -- hitting a homer in his return -- before re-injuring the oblique.

Cuddyer said he feels healthy enough that if there were time, he could have begun an injury rehab assignment on Friday. Still, he felt he needed to be with the club to end the year.

"I'm out here working," Cuddyer said. "That's what I'm paid to do, to be here and be a teammate. That's what I can do right now. I don't think there's any point in playing in one of these games and being hurt and having to start back from square one for the offseason."

Without Cuddyer, as well as fellow veterans Troy Tulowizki, Todd Helton and Ramon Hernandez, the Rockies were able to develop young depth. In the outfield, the Rockies saw Eric Young Jr. -- who himself would be sidelined for the year with his own oblique injury -- Tyler Colvin, Andrew Brown and Charlie Blackmon. Colvin and Jordan Pacheco saw time at first base.