08/02/12 8:50 PM ET
Friedrich hoping back injury doesn't end season
By Thomas Harding and Trey Scott / MLB.com
Cuddyer continues to rest sore right oblique
DENVER -- Michael Cuddyer was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with a sore right oblique in Thursday's series finale against the Cardinals."I don't think there'll be any [game] activity tonight, but [the training staff is] working towards having something available tomorrow," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Thursday. Cuddyer played catch with head athletic trainer Keith Dugger before Thursday's game. Tyler Colvin started in his place in right field. The 33-year-old Cuddyer is hitting .260 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs this season.
Tracy shifts Rockies' lineup for series finale
DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy put together an unusual lineup for Thursday night's series finale against the Cardinals, with usual leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler hitting third, Tyler Colvin hitting first, usual No. 5 hitter Todd Helton hitting sixth and backup catcher Ramon Hernandez hitting behind Helton."Ramon had three hits last night and I hate to take that away from him," Tracy said Thursday. "His bat looked as good as it did before his injury."
Hernandez had missed 42 games due to a left hand strain.
More importantly, Tracy didn't want to get caught in a web of bad matchups toward the end of the game."They have three lefties in their bullpen," he said. Through the first eight hitters, the Rockies' lineup read: lefty-righty-switch-lefty-righty-lefty-righty-righty. Fowler did not start the last two games because of flu-like symptoms. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in Wednesday night's 9-6 loss to St. Louis. Helton missed all of Wednesday's game with a stomach bug.
Todd Helton, unavailable Wednesday because of a stomach bug, started at first base Thursday night."Stomach is good, I feel great," Helton said. Andrew Brown was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for Alex White -- Thursday night's starting pitcher -- on the 25-man roster. Brown hit .208 with three RBIs in 11 games. Right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin was slated to start Thursday night for Double-A Tulsa, his second of four scheduled rehab starts. Chacin gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings July 29 for Class A Advanced Modesto.