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Michael Cuddyer is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured shoulder socket

Jun 10, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

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Yesterday the Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Turns out it’s more than a strain: Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports:

. . . an MRI revealed that he has a non-displaced fracture of the glenoid socket in his left shoulder. The glenoid is commonly called the shoulder socket.


Cuddyer, the defending NL batting champ, suffered the injury while diving for a ball at third base last Thursday. Probably worth noting that Cuddyer, while having played 76 games at third base in his career before this season, hadn’t done so since 2010. Between the time away from the hot corner, his age and the fact that his bat has become pretty darn valuable to the Rockies, you wonder why Walt Weiss has felt the need to put Cuddyer in that position this season.

But I suppose now that’s academic. It’s just the latest bit of bad news in what is turning into a lost season for the the 35-year-old Cuddyer. He has already served time on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and has played in just 31 games this season.

Cuddyer is in the final year of a three-year, $31.5 million deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    This is painful for both Cuddyer and the team.

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      It’s painful for the game. He was great, nailbiting fun to watch coming to the plate against your own guys, whoever they were.

      On the bright side, it gives the Rocky Mountain Oysters up to two months to mount a P/R campaign focused on getting people to pronounce Cuddyer’s name correctly.

      • mondogarage - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        “I don’t know how people in Colorado pronounce it.”

        That’s all that needed to be said.

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Is the curious nature of Weiss’s decision to use Cuddyer at third base something you noted and/or commented on before or are we talking strictly hindsight here?

  3. tmohr - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    “Probably worth noting that Cuddyer, while having played 76 games at third base in his career before this season, hadn’t done so since 2010.”

    Prior to Thursday, he had played two of the previous four games at third, so this isn’t quite true. Furthermore, I would imagine he had taken ground balls beforehand. In other words, fluke injury.

    • dluxxx - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Worth noting, Cuddyer is deaf in his left ear, and has trouble hearing his teammates when he plays the hot corner. This is why the Twins moved him away from that position pretty quickly and only played him there as a last resort a few times in 2010.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Banana Issue.


        Banana Issue.


        Banana Issue….

        Free recipe for greek style stuffed trout to anyone who can identify the reference!

      • dluxxx - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        I can’t hear you I have a banana in my ear!

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Nice try, and close on principle, but I do believe that THIS is what Gator, with his deranged multimedia subconscious apparently boiling over this morning, had in mind:

      • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I copied your trout recipe from yesterday and called it Trout a la Gator. Thought you’d appreciate the pun.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        The truth is that Seven already has this recipe but dluxxx was close enough – he identified the substructural meme, if not the particular application – so that he should be provisioned with this culinary wonderment, brought to you by the same ancient civilization that provided us with perhaps the most incisive theological insight since the earliest cro-magnons discerned that their were gods all over the place: “God will forgive many sins, but there is one sin that he will never forgive, and that is if a woman calls you to her bed and you do not go.” Here’s the recipe:

        10-12 oz. fresh spinach, chopped
        1 onion, chopped
        3-5 cloves of garlic, grated
        1 tbsp. lemon juice
        5 tbsp. butter
        1/2-1 cup feta cheese, crumbled, to taste (I love the stuff, so….)
        1-1/2 teaspoons of mixed dried parsley, tarragon and oregano
        Salt and pepper to taste
        1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (obviously, this will require some pretty ugly olives)
        4 big fat google-eyed trout

        Steam spinach, drain and pat dry with paper towels.

        Saute in 1/2 tbsp olive oil onion, garlic, herbs, most of the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add feta and mix again.

        Brush trout cavity with melted butter, and sprinkle with remaining lemon juice.

        Stuff 1/4 of the spinach mixture into each trout.

        Brush trout with butter, and put lemon slice on each fish.

        Bake fish at 350 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        …there were gods etc.

        PS – enjoy the trout with an ice cold glass of dry white Retsina, the sublime ritual beverage that undid the Spartans at Aegospotami. Shake yo thyrsus, baby!

      • dluxxx - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I’m more of a craft beer kinda guy, although I do enjoy a glass of wine or scotch occasionally. What kind of beer would you pair this with?

        If you say a Bud Light Limearita I’ll lose it…

      • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        And if you have any leftover stuffing, that’s pretty much what I use for stuffing mushrooms.

      • moogro - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        I’ll take that recipe. You referring to the same-sex couple on the Street?

      • mazblast - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        ““God will forgive many sins, but there is one sin that he will never forgive, and that is if a woman calls you to her bed and you do not go.” ”

        That depends on the woman, doesn’t it? At some point, even the most sex-starved man has to say, “That just doesn’t make it. I’d rather do without.”

    • mondogarage - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      With Arenado hurt, and the replacement 3B options not hitting for crap, and with the Rox carrying numerous decent hitting OF options, and with Cuddyer being somewhat of a team leader type, he went to Weiss and offered to play 3B.

      It’s really that simple, Craig. I don’t understand what’s so mysterious about volunteering to step up in a time of need.

      Sucks that he got hurt.

  4. migoli - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Do people in Colorado not pronounce his name correctly?

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I don’t know how people in Colorado pronounce it. People and their psittacines in Macondo generally do not. All I do know is that if I was a headlight on a northbound train, I’d shine my light through the cool Colorado rain.

  5. kyzslew77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Plus side: may make him easier to re-sign after the season is over. He might take a somewhat cheap one year “prove you’ve still got it” contract.

    Minus side: they don’t need him next year at any of the positions he can play.

    Minus minus minus side: whatever injury curse was destroying the Rangers back in April has been passed on to the Rockies. Of their eight most important players (Tulo, Cargo, Arenado, de la Rosa, Chacin, Chatwood, Anderson, Cuddyer) four are hurt, all with fairly serious injuries.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    You just HAD to make that joke about Cuddyer getting in a Zeppelin accident, didn’t you Craig???

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