SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer feared his successful return from the disabled list was over already.
Cuddyer had three doubles and a home run in three games against the Giants -- his first games since returning to the lineup after missing 14 games with a bulging disc in his neck -- but left Sunday's 7-3 loss after being hit on the right forearm near the wrist with a pitch by reliever George Kontos in the sixth inning. He stayed in to run the bases, but the pain didn't improve, so he left after the inning.
X-rays revealed no break, but Cuddyer's forearm was heavily wrapped, and he doesn't know what the immediate future holds. He said it's too early to tell whether he has to go to the disabled list.
"I was worried [about a bone being broken], no question about it, but fortunately, it's not," Cuddyer said.
Asked if he could grip the bat or throw, Cuddyer said, "Not today, maybe tomorrow."
The incident reminded Cuddyer of when he returned from a back injury in 2011 with the Twins, but three days later, then-Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie drilled him on the left wrist with a pitch. Cuddyer did not have to go on the DL then.
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