Cuddyer 100 percent, but returns at first base for now

Cuddyer 100 percent, but returns at first base for now

Cuddyer 100 percent, but returns at first base for now
DENVER -- Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer was back in the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Marlins after spending the minimum 15 days on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Cuddyer was playing first base, however, where he'll get the bulk of the playing time for the time being. He's 100 percent recovered from the injury, as he explained, but using him at first base makes room for the hot-hitting Eric Young Jr. to play regularly. Cuddyer has started 68 games in right field and 22 at first heading into Thursday's tilt.

"Everything was good -- no issues, no problems at all," Cuddyer said of his two-day rehab stint with Triple-A Colorado Springs. "It feels good. Didn't get hurt."

Cuddyer went 6-for-9 with a double, a homer and three RBIs while facing pitchers who topped out in the mid-80s. He hit cleanup in Thursday's Rockies lineup, the role he's filled since Troy Tulowitzki went on the DL at the end of May.

To make room for Cuddyer, the Rockies sent rookie Matt McBride back to Colorado Springs. McBride made his Major League debut on Aug. 4, going 2-for-4 and starting a two-game hitting streak. He cooled off with irregular playing time, however, going hitless in his last nine at-bats to end up at 4-for-20.

McBride hit .354 (130-for-367) for the Sky Sox before his callup, hitting 10 homers with 77 RBIs while playing first base, left field, right field and catcher. He was shaky on defense during his stint with the parent club.

"With Matt McBride, [we want] to get him back to Triple-A, and over the course of these last few weeks of their season, to get him some regular at-bats again and then revisit our situation in September," manager Jim Tracy said. "I think it's safe to say that that would be one of the names that would be [on the] table as we get closer to September and the callups."