Weiss asks Cuddyer to protect himself

Weiss asks Cuddyer to protect himself

DENVER -- Hustle is one of the attributes that make Michael Cuddyer one of the favorites for Rockies fans and teammates, but manager Walt Weiss has talked to Cuddyer about keeping some of the grit under control.

Cuddyer missed 60 games with a left shoulder fracture before returning for a doubleheader on Sunday. He hit for the cycle in the second game, but emerged with left hamstring soreness that kept him from playing Tuesday and kept him out of the lineup Wednesday. He expects to start Thursday, however.

"We talked about the difference between digging to first -- he digs hard, all the time, to first base, leaning at the bag as opposed to getting down the line as opposed to getting down the base with a nice stride," Weiss said. "There's a difference.

"He's always digging. Dirt's always flying up behind him. That's what makes him who he is. But there are times where he can back off a little bit, not to the point where people can even tell. But turn down a little bit on the throttle. It's tough for him to do."

Cuddyer missed 25 games early in the season because of a strain in the belly of the left hamstring. During a rehab assignment before rejoining the Rockies, Cuddyer felt discomfort in the same area but played through it. He believes the rest will help him.

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