If all reigning National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer had to do was swing a bat, he'd be just fine. But he can't run anywhere close to full speed because of a strained left hamstring, so the Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Monday afternoon.
Cuddyer is eligible to return on May 3 when the Rockies host the Mets.
"I can swing the bat, I can throw, but I can't run," Cuddyer said. "Well, I can run, but maybe at only 50-60 percent power right now."
Also, all-star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who left Sunday afternoon's game after the sixth inning because of tendinitis in his left knee, is back in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Giants at Coors Field. Utility infielder Charlie Culberson replaces Cuddyer on the 25-man roster. Culberson could be used as an outfielder in an emergency.
Cuddyer, who went on the DL last season because of neck strain, doesn't believe his hamstring injury is serious. Then again, he's never suffered a hamstring injury before.
"We got an MRI done, saw some pictures and it showed that it was strained," Cuddyer said. "It's a minor strain. It's in the tendon area (by the knee) more than it is in the belly of the muscle. I don't know how long it's going to be before I'm back."
Cuddyer injured his hamstring sprinting to first base Thursday in San Diego. He said he's never suffered a hamstring injury before.
"Yeah, I'm frustrated, but all you can do is be patient and get better," he said.
Manager Walt Weiss said moving Cuddyer to the DL was unavoidable.
"There was just not enough improvement to think that he was going to play in the next few days," Weiss said. "So we will give him a couple of weeks to heal up and hopefully he'll be good to go at that point."
Gonzalez, who's worked through painful knee tendinitis before, said he will try to play "my best and without limits," but acknowledged his knee still hurts when he runs the bases.
"Actually in the outfield it feels better, because you have the grass, and maybe some more support," Gonzalez said. "Whenever it hurts me it's when I'm running down the line. Not every time, but when I make a bad step. But I'm ready to go. We did some treatment, it feels better and tonight I'll be good to go."
Weiss said he's not overly concerned about CarGo's injury.
"He felt good enough to shoot me a text last night and tell me he wanted to play today, so that was a good sign," Weiss said. "It will be a situation where we will check him on a daily basis."