Tuesday Rockpile: Michael Cuddyer returning, an ode to Eddie Butler, more

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies get a silver slugger back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Michael Cuddyer's return bolsters Rockies' lineup | Rockies.com: News
Though his replacements -- notably, Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson -- hit well in his absence, the return of Cuddy will be a welcome sight for the Rockies, writes Thomas Harding. Cuddy appeared in a portion of Colorado Springs' game on Sunday before returning to Denver to meet with the Rockies.

Cuddyer certainly sounds ready to go. "I feel good," the 35-year-old outfielder said after Colorado's win over the Padres on Sunday. "No inhibitions, not scared, not limited ... nothing,"

Michael Cuddyer Injury: NL Batting Champ back to Rockies on Tuesday - MLB Daily Dish
Wick Terrell has a nice profile on the returning Cuddyer and how he'll help the Rockies' offense regardless of what the team decides to do in terms of a roster move. One of Terrell's suggestions is to shop Cuddyer -- a scenario that would benefit the Rockies on the surface, but one that the team would in no way consider.

Baseball Prospectus | Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014
Jason Parks raves about Rockies prospect Eddie Butler, who hasn't even been using his full arsenal of pitches this season and still owns a sub-3.00 ERA for Double-A Tulsa. Here's a quality excerpt:

"When the training wheels come off and Butler steps up to the major-league rotation, you are going to see a pitcher with multiple fastball looks—including a bat-missing cutter and a heavy two-seamer thrown with plus-plus velocity and sink—a sharp slider, a double-plus changeup, and a playable curveball that can change sight lines and disrupt timing. On paper, it’s a frontline profile. A move for the short-term could come back to bite Colorado on the ass if Butler is included in any deal."

Certain people should make sure that last sentence resonates -- and resonates well.

The 30: Change Begets Change
Jonah Keri has this week's edition of The 30 up at Grantland. The Rockies are holding steady in the highest tier of teams.

Chat: Chat with Keith Law - SportsNation - ESPN
One writer/analyst/scout who predicted the Rockies would lose 109 games in 2013 believes the team will be in the hunt for a postseason bid come September in 2014.

Rockies Mailbag: Is Nolan Arenado yet deserving of clever nickname? - The Denver Post
Somebody submitted a god-awful suggestion to Patrick Saunders for a nickname for budding Rockies star Nolan Arenado. Also, some classic overreacting by Denver Post readers that we've come to expect. You have to credit Saunders for how well he handles the questions.

Question: what was Wilin Rosario doing? - Rox Pile
Hayden Kane examines The Bull's karate kick during the Rockies' celebration of Justin Morneau's walk-off home run on Sunday.

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