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Cuddyer day to day with minor hamstring injury

Cuddyer day to day with minor hamstring injury

SAN DIEGO -- Michael Cuddyer said the lower left hamstring cramp that caused him to leave in the seventh inning of Thursday afternoon's 3-1 victory over the Padres will not force him to the disabled list.

Cuddyer suffered the injury while running out a leadoff groundout, and he immediately went to the clubhouse. After the game, he had ice wrapped around the hamstring near his left knee. He doesn't expect to be in the lineup Friday night when the Rockies begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series vs. the Phillies, but he hopes he isn't down long.

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"I think it's more toward the tendon," Cuddyer said. "It's not in the belly of my hamstring and I'm not a chronic hamstring guy. All that stuff is encouraging. The strength is good. I did all the strength tests, which is encouraging. The fact I was able to run off the field under my own power, all that stuff is encouraging."

Cuddyer, hitting .317 with three home runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs, left two of the four games with the Padres because of ailments. He left Monday's game with a right elbow contusion when he bumped against a drain at the base of the wall after banging into the fence while trying to catch a fly ball. He was in the lineup the next game.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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