• Rockies outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer, expected to rejoin the team Friday when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list (bulging disc in his neck), played in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cuddyer had five at-bats and was reported to be have come through without pain, Weiss said.
• Outfielder Charlie Blackmon took a .267 batting average into his start Tuesday night. Manager Walt Weiss used Blackmon in the No. 2 slot in the batting order, after hitting him eighth in four previous starts.
"Charlie runs well," Weiss said. "He's a guy you can hit-and-run with. He's a guy that can hit that hole at first base with a man on first. He can go first-to-third. He hits the ball in the gap. He's a nice offensive player. There have been a couple other times I thought about hitting him in the two-hole. Today, I actually put it on paper."
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