Michael Cuddyer hung out around the batting cage Friday at Comerica Park, just itching to jump in and take his hacks.

That will have to wait a few more days. The Rockies are being cautious as Cuddyer recovers from a broken left shoulder socket.

But last year's National League batting champion did hit balls off the tee Thursday and participated in almost all of the team's pregame activities.

"It's going well. I feel good," Cuddyer said. "I did everything except step into the cage. I ran, took flyballs and groundballs."

He anticipates being ready for a minor-league rehab assignment in a week to 10 days.

"If I have no setbacks, once I finally do take BP, that's what I'm hoping for," he said.

Why is Cuddyer, 35, so eager to get back on the field this season?

"One, I love playing, that's first and foremost," he said. "Two, it's what I'm paid to do. It's my job, it's what the owner is paying me a lot of money to do. You are obligated to come back and try to play."

Cuddyer also wants to prove to himself that he is healthy, and also show other teams the same thing. His three-year, $31.5 million deal with Colorado ends after this season and he will become a free agent.