DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado did not start on Tuesday night after suffering a recurrence of a thumb injury on Monday night, and his team lead in games played could be in jeopardy.
Arenado has played in 125 games. Michael Cuddyer started Tuesday, which brought his total to 124.
"He may be down for a few days," manager Walt Weiss said of Arenado. "His thumb is real tender. It blew up pretty good last night."
Finger, thumb and hand injuries have been a problem for the Rockies all season. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could opt for season-ending surgery to repair his right middle finger. Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa had his latest start pushed back -- he hopes to Saturday -- because of a left thumb bruise. Righty Tyler Chatwood was removed from a start after he was hit on the right thumb by a batted ball. Earlier this season, center fielder Dexter Fowler suffered a right index finger injury, and compensating for that led to a right wrist injury that pushed him to the disabled list.
"The number of hand injuries … I've never seen this many in one season," Weiss said.
Fowler pinch-hit in Tuesday's 11-4 loss and lined out in his only at-bat.
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