Sore wrist keeps Cuddyer out of Sunday's lineup

Sore wrist keeps Cuddyer out of Sunday's lineup

DENVER -- Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer was sporting a wrapped left wrist in the clubhouse Sunday morning after making a diving attempt at catching a sinking Jedd Gyorko liner in the eighth inning of Saturday night's game. The ball ended up going for a run-scoring double to bring the Padres within three, as they ultimately fell, 6-3, to Colorado.

Cuddyer, whose two-run homer in the seventh padded the Rockies lead, stayed in the game until the end, but he felt the impact a little more Sunday morning, prompting manager Walt Weiss to give him a day out of the starting lineup.

"It's precautionary," Cuddyer said. "It's sore, but I should be all right. The soreness and stiffness came in [Sunday morning], but we've done treatment for the last hour or two, so I should be all right. I should be available at the end if they need me."

Cuddyer is hitting .450 (9-for-20) through the season's first five games, with two home runs and seven RBIs. Weiss said he'd gone back and forth about giving the right fielder a rest Sunday, but after rolling his wrist and coming in sore, the decision was easy.

"It was one of those things where we had to wait and see in the morning," Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said. "We had the doc evaluate him. We'll keep an eye on him for a day or so. He's a little stiff and has soreness in the joint line, on the tendon. No discoloration or anything. It's just a sore wrist. "

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.