3/6/2014 7:55 P.M. ET
Cuddyer feels better than expected day after HBP
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- One day after getting hit in the left shoulder blade, Colorado's Michael Cuddyer was feeling better than expected and is "50/50" to play on Friday, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
"We'll check with him in the morning, but it sounds like he's doing a lot better," Weiss said Thursday after his team's 5-3 loss to the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. "He's got a chance to maybe be out there tomorrow.
On Wednesday, Cuddyer was hit in the scapula by an errant fastball from Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija and briefly stayed in the game before exiting.
It was only the latest in a plethora of injuries sustained by the Rockies so far this spring. Here's the most recent update on each, per Weiss:
• Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder strain) played catch on Thursday, the first time he's thrown since being shut down on Feb. 23. Weiss said he hadn't received any reports and he's assuming it went well.
• First baseman Justin Morneau remains day to day with a stiff neck, but Weiss said it sounds like he's moving forward. The same goes for infielder Josh Rutledge, whose sprained left ankle is making progress.
Weiss gets good report on Morales' split-squad start
PHOENIX -- The trouble with split-squad games is that a manager can't be two places at once, so he has to rely on others' reports when it comes to deciphering box scores.
On Wednesday in Surprise, left-hander Franklin Morales allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out five and walking zero over three innings. The actual outing, Rockies manager Walt Weiss was told, lived up to the line.
"Frankie, he's still got a big arm. I think he still ran it up to, I want to say 95 [mph], he topped out yesterday," Weiss said. "He was cutting the ball in to righties, he's got a little split that he throws for a changeup, so he's got weapons to attack both sides of the plate. He's in a good place."
It was the second strong Cactus League outing for Morales, who threw two innings of one-hit ball in his spring opener. The 28-year-old is still under consideration for the starting rotation, Weiss said.
• Thursday's eighth inning featured a comedy of errors -- well, four, actually -- committed by the Rockies. The first two came on separate fielding miscues on the left side of the infield. The others came on one play, which started when first baseman Kyle Parker's throw sailed into left field, where it was fielded by left fielder Tyler Massey, who then overthrew second.
Even Weiss couldn't help but laugh at the short screening of the "Bad News Bears."
"That's what you get sometimes in the spring," Weiss said with a chuckle. "But, no, it's never fun to watch. We've had a couple tough days defensively, but I'm not very concerned. We've got a really good defensive club when we're at full strength."
• Right-handed reliever Nick Masset struggled in his Cactus League debut Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in one inning. Masset, who returned to camp on Wednesday after being with his wife for the birth of their second daughter, is attempting a comeback after not pitching in the Majors since 2011.