Despite earning a win for just the third time in their last 19 games, the Rockies were unable to avoid more bad news as injuries have continued to pile up. Before the game, it was announced that outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was undergoing an MRI on his left hamstring and that the injury may keep him out for the rest of the season. Outfielder Dexter Fowler is also dealing with an injury that caused him to miss Monday's game. He's been dealing with tendonitis in his left wrist for some time now and finally decided to take time off for it.
Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer are still improving, but neither is ready to return quite yet from their own ailments. Questions remain for both players regarding their ability to stay on the field in the future.
Cuddyer, 33, has battled an oblique injury since August. At first it was feared that Cuddyer wouldn't return at all this season, but of course he did return only to go back on the DL in late August. He has since been improving and he even hit in the batting cages recently.
Even when healthy, Cuddyer has hit .260/.317/.489 (100 OPS+) this year and his contract, which runs through the 2014 season and pays him $31.5 million, looks like a mistake. His fielding leaves much to be desired in the outfield as he hasn't posted a Defensive Runs Saved number better than -8 in right field since 2008 (according to FanGraphs).
Tulowitzki is one of the very best players in baseball when he's on the field. Unfortunately for the Rockies, Tulowitzki, and fans, their shortstop has averaged just 104 games played over the last three seasons. That number is dragged down by the 47 games he's played this season, but the point remains that Tulo needs to be on the field more. This is too much missed time for the $140 million man.
Losses and injuries have piled up. The good news is the Rockies only have nine games remaining in this season before we get to try it all over again next year. The Rockies start a series with the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field tonight. Colorado sends Jorge De La Rosa to the mound for his 2nd big league start of the season, where he'll face Chicago's Chris Rusin. Both clubs enter the night with a 59-94 record as the clubs vie for the number two pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.