Last year, the Rockies' clumsy visits to AT&T Park created a feeling of inadequacy. This year, the Rockies exited the Giants' home as victims of a pair of teeth-gnashing losses — and with a troubling injury.
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer, the catalyst in the Rockies' win Friday, exited with a swollen right forearm after getting struck by a pitch. It was the defining image of a painful 7-3 defeat Sunday that featured a dropped popup and a battery of stranded runners.
"I felt like we had (Matt) Cain in trouble early. But to his credit, he bent but didn't break," manager Walt Weiss said after his Rockies dropped a game behind the Giants in the standings. "There's a reason for it. He battled enough to get through it."
X-rays of Cuddyer's arm were negative, creating slivers of optimism. But because he is unable to throw or grip a bat, Cuddyer couldn't rule out a stint on the disabled list. It would be a crowbar to the shins for the Rockies, given Cuddyer's strong season and his leadership in the clubhouse. He just came off the DL on Friday, after missing 14 games because of a neck injury.
"There was no chance I was going to be able to hit or throw today after (George Kontos hit him in the top of the sixth)," said Cuddyer, who finished the series 4-for-11 with six RBIs. "Luckily, it didn't break. It's a bone bruise. When we get the swelling out, it should be fine since it's not in a joint, which is good."