Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer will miss his third straight game with a sore neck when he sits out Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cuddyer’s disk problem in his neck does not appear to be anything too serious, but it certainly could turn into a long-term problem.
Dealing with neck issues is nothing new for the 34-year-old. Unfortunately, the injury makes it impossible for him to play because he is unable to turn his neck completely.
“This is something I’ve dealt with since 2004,” Cuddyer said, according to Rockies.com. “When this happens, it locks me up. I can’t turn my neck and it makes it very difficult to play.”
As of right now, Cuddyer is officially listed as day-to-day. However, neck injuries are nothing to mess around with, which means it could cost the 12-year veteran time on the disabled list if it does not come back to form soon. Obviously, this would be a huge blow for the Rockies, but Cuddyer’s overall health must come before the success of the team.
Eric Young will start in Cuddyer’s place in right field for the second consecutive game. He recorded the only hit in the contest for Colorado, as St. Louis starting pitcher Shelby Miller retired 27 straight batters after that. If Young leads off Saturday’s game with a hit, hopefully this time the rest of the team will back him up with some production.
Cuddyer is batting .319 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, eight doubles, one triple and one stolen base in 119 at-bats this season.