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Saturday Rockpile: Jordan Lyles, Michael Cuddyer working their way back

Injury updates on a couple of key Rockies players who I barely even remember playing for the team.

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Cuddyer takes swings, still a few weeks away | News
Michael Cuddyer hit off a tee on Friday and should progress fairly quickly from here. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Cuddyer on a rehab assignment sometime in the next week and a half, with a possible return to the big leagues occurring in mid-August.

In other injury news, Carlos Gonzalez is day-to-day after reinjuring his ankle last night.

Rockies could get Lyles back during homestand | News
Jordan Lyles is on his way back to the Rockies, who have received surprisingly strong starting pitching since the All-Star break. Lyles, who posted a sub-4.00 ERA before breaking his non-throwing hand in a game against the Diamondbacks in June, should only bring more stability.

Grading the MLB general managers: Tigers' Dave Dombrowski on top - ESPN
Jim "Ralph" Bowden gave Rockies "GM" Bill Geivett a D for his performance -- or rather, lack thereof -- at the trade deadline. Here's his take in the Insider-only piece:

The Rockies had a couple of expiring contracts to move in Jorge De La Rosa's and LaTroy Hawkins', but they didn't like the offers they got for De La Rosa and decided not to trade Hawkins. This could be an interesting team to watch this offseason if they decide to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez.

Kiszla: Dan O'Dowd can help the Colorado Rockies by resigning - The Denver Post
Decided a morning lap was good for me, so here is this Mark Kiszla piece, wherein he pleads for Dan O'Dowd to resign. If only it were that easy.

Christian Friedrich fine with being moved to bullpen in Rockies farm system - The Denver Post
Christian Friedrich is healthy and enjoying his move to the bullpen, the 2008 first-round draft pick told Irv Moss. Friedrich hasn't had much success in his new role, but Colorado Springs manager Glenallen Hill believes the 27-year-old left-hander is making progress, especially with the use of a slider that has been more effective than anyone imagined.

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