Posted by Mike Rice
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced Tuesday that the club has reinstated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list (left hamstring strain). To make room on the active roster for Cuddyer, the Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Martin to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Cuddyer will be available for tonight’s Rockies vs. Giants game at Coors Field (6:05 p.m. MDT on Newsradio 850 KOA).
Cuddyer, 35, opened the year hitting .317 (19-for-60) with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 16 games prior to his injury. Cuddyer played in just one rehab game for Triple-A, going 0-for-1 with a walk. Last season, Cuddyer became the sixth Rockie to win a National League batting title and set career highs in batting average (.331, 162-for-489), on-base percentage (.389), slugging (.530), and OPS (.919). He was selected to the All-Star team for the second time (2011 with Minnesota) and participated in the Home Run Derby for the first time. The Norfolk, VA native has played in 1,386 career games hitting .277 (1380-for-4979) with 304 doubles, 40 triples, 180 home runs, 732 RBI and 744 runs.
Martin, 27, appeared in nine games for the Rockies with no record, a 4.15 ERA (8.2 ip, 4 er), 2 walks and 8 strikeouts during what was his first time in the Major Leagues. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was acquired by Colorado, along with left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales, from Boston in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera on December 18, 2013. Martin began 2014 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he went 0-1 with 3 saves, an 8.22 ERA (7.2 ip, 7 er), 3 walks and 11 strikeouts in eight games. In 42 appearances at Double-A and Triple-A in the Red Sox organization in 2013, Martin combined to go 5-3 with a 2.25 ERA (72.0 ip, 18 er), 16 walks and 74 strikeouts. Martin signed with Boston as a non-drafted free agent on March 31, 2011.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.