Cuddyer close to returning from oblique injury

Cuddyer close to returning from oblique injury

Cuddyer close to returning from oblique injury
DENVER -- Though the Rockies have had great production out of their young position players in the second half of the season, including seven rookies who have combined for 350 starts through Saturday's game with Arizona, the club is still eager to see a veteran or two return to action before the season ends.

Perhaps the closest to returning to play is right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who made his second trip to the disabled list on Aug. 19 with an oblique injury and has missed 43 games through a pair of DL stints.

"Michael Cuddyer has been doing quite a bit of work in the cage, and if all continues to go well, there's a chance that he could be out here and begin taking some BP on the field on Monday," manager Jim Tracy said Saturday. "He's getting there, but here we go again -- he was getting there the last time too. This injury we're talking about is a very tricky one, but he has progressed nicely and has had no setbacks of any kind as of late."

Tracy remains cautious with the oblique injury, particularly given Cuddyer's quick return to the DL three days after coming back from his first oblique injury in August.

"I can't push that envelope," Tracy said. "I can't push him into the pool -- I won't do that."

Tracy also noted that Eric Young Jr., also recovering from an oblique injury suffered Aug. 20, is "not quite as far along" as Cuddyer.

In other health news, Carlos Gonzalez will be on the bench with a tight left hamstring for the second day in a row and the fourth time in the last five games.

"He is more than likely going to be available to pinch-hit, and that would be about it for today," Tracy said. "That still puts him in a day-to-day type of status."