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With hamstring tight, Cuddyer scratched

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DENVER -- Right fielder Michael Cuddyer was scratched from the lineup Thursday with hamstring tightness. Cuddyer was ready to play, and he was surprised when manager Walt Weiss decided otherwise.

"He's never going to want to come out, regardless of how he's feeling," Weiss said. "He's right; I'm sure he could run out there and play today. These are the times I think it's my responsibility to take care of guys and protect them."

Cuddyer played 19 innings in the cold Tuesday, when the Rockies swept a split doubleheader against the Mets. That factored into Weiss' decision. He said, "I just thought it was a good day to shut him down."

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

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