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DENVER -- Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer did not play for the second straight game Wednesday due to a sore left hamstring.

He tweaked the hamstring on a rehab assignment with rookie-level Grand Junction and then on Sunday, when he played with the Rockies for the first time since he fractured his left shoulder socket, Cuddyer had 10 at-bats and ran the bases hard.

"It's getting better," Cuddyer said. "There's not going to be any (disabled list). I'm really confident I'll play on Friday."

That's when the Rockies open a three-game series with Miami after being off Thursday. Cuddyer missed 25 games earlier this season with a left hamstring strain, and manager Walt Weiss said before the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Wednesday he spoke with Cuddyer about throttling down at times.

"He's always digging as hard as he can to first and leaning at the bag," Weiss said, "as opposed to getting down the line with a good, nice stride. There's a difference there and Cuddy is always digging and the dirt's flying up behind him.

"And that's what makes him who he is, but there's times where you can back off a little bit and not to the extent where people can probably even tell, but just back off a little bit on the throttle. It's tough for him to do. But running the bases is one of the times you can take your foot off the gas a little bit on certain plays. He understands that, but it's hard to change your stripes, too."

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 50-76

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Friday -- Marlins (RHP Henderson Alvarez, 9-5, 2.43 ERA) at Rockies (LHP Franklin Morales, 5-6, 5.04 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--1B Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam and third career home run to give the Rockies a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. McBride's grand slam came off left-hander Danny Duffy and came on McBride's 85th career plate appearance. It was Colorado's third grand slam of the season. The others were hit by Ryan Wheeler on June 26 at Milwaukee off Wily Peralta and by Nolan Arenado on May 3 against the New York Mets off Jenrry Mejia. McBride was promoted to the Rockies from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday and made his first start Wednesday and his first appearance in the big leagues since Oct. 2, 2012. He played just 48 games last year at Colorado Springs due to a neck injury that required fusion surgery. This season, McBride broke a bone in his right foot on April 18 and didn't begin a rehab assignment until July 4. He played in 51 games at Colorado Springs this season and hit .305 with seven homers and 35 RBI before joining the Rockies. Manager Walt Weiss said, "He's a good hitter and another one of the guys who has really persevered to get back here. Neck surgery last year and was off to a great start before he had to have surgery. Whenever he's been healthy, he's been a very, very good hitter. It's good to get Matty back up here. He's really worked hard to get back."

--RHP Christian Bergman will start Sunday against Miami and return to the mound for the Rockies for the first time since June 20 when he made his third career start and suffered a broken left hand when hit with a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez. Bergman, who was eligible Wednesday to come off the 60-day disabled list, made two rehab starts for Double-A Tulsa, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in nine innings, and three more for Colorado Springs, going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings in his final two starts after a rough first outing. Manager Walt Weiss said he wanted to see Bergman make several starts during the balance of the season. "He's thrown the ball well enough this year to be an interesting guy for us. The feel he has for pitching, the ability to command the ball -- there's some interesting things about 'Bergie.' "

--1B Justin Morneau was not in the lineup Wednesday. Manager Walt Weiss cited how Royals LHP Danny Duffy entered the game limiting left-handed hitters to a .138 (13-for-94) average while yielding just two extra-base hits -- both doubles. "I wanted to try to get as many righties in there as possible," said Weiss, whose lineup included just one left-handed hitting position player in Corey Dickerson. "It's always good to get (Morneau) a day before an off day, too."

--LHP Jorge De La Rosa pitched a season-high eight innings, which also matched his single-game career-high, and allowed five hits and two runs. De La Rosa's only career complete game was eight innings in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on May 18, 2011. The only other Rockies starter to work eight innings this season was Jordan Lyles on May 5 against Texas. De La Rosa got 14 outs on ground balls and made the Royals ground into four double plays, which ties a franchise record. It has been done six times with the last coming on April 24 2013, by Tyler Chatwood against Atlanta.

--LF Corey Dickerson extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. But he went 0-for-8 in the two-game series with Kansas City, dropping his average to .318. Dickerson has 354 plate appearances, putting him 40 shy from being listed among the batting leaders at this point in the season. But he's playing regularly, so he should get the necessary 502 plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. Dickerson could end up vying with teammate Justin Morneau, who is hitting .317 and leading the National League, for the batting title. Manager Walt Weiss said of Dickerson, "He's tough to pitch to and tough to come up with a scouting report against him, because he goes outside the strike zone so well and still barrels balls up. What I like about him is he hits the ball from line to line with authority. You rarely see Corey decelerate his bat. You see hitters do that when they get fooled. They get out on their front side and they decelerate the bat to try to make contact. He almost always gets his 'A' swing off, even if he's not on the time, which for me that's always a really good sign for a hitter."

--RF Michael Cuddyer did not play for the second straight game Wednesday due to a sore left hamstring. He tweaked the hamstring on a rehab assignment with Rookie level Grand Junction and then on Sunday, when he played with the Rockies for the first time since he fractured his left shoulder socket.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's been ridiculously good here." -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss on LHP Jorge De La Rosa after a win over Kansas City on Wednesday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RF Michael Cuddyer (left hamstring soreness) did not play Aug. 19-20. He is day-to-day.

--RHP Christian Bergman (broken bone in left hand) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa on July 29, then transferred his rehab to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 8. He made his fourth rehab start Aug. 18. Bergman likely will return to start for the Rockies on Aug. 24.

--SS Troy Tulowitzki (labrum in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 19. He underwent a dry needling procedure on his left hip July 28 in Philadelphia. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 15.

--RF Carlos Gonzalez (left knee tendinitis and a left ankle sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 18. Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger said it won't be known for several months whether Gonzalez will be ready for the start of spring training.

--1B Justin Morneau (sore neck) did not play Aug. 15-18. He returned to the lineup Aug. 19 but sat out Aug. 20.

--LHP Brett Anderson (bulging back disk) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 16. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 14.

--RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 13.

--RHP Tyler Chatwood (right elbow flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 5. He began a throwing program from 50 feet May 23. He threw at 75 feet May 27. He threw from 105 feet June 3. He threw a bullpen session in mid-June. He experienced two setbacks, and he underwent a second season-ending Tommy John surgery in July.

--RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4. He does not need surgery but is facing a lengthy rehabilitation. There is a chance he won't return to action this season.

ROTATION:

LHP Jorge De La Rosa

LHP Tyler Matzek

LHP Franklin Morales

RHP Jordan Lyles

BULLPEN:

RHP LaTroy Hawkins (closer)

LHP Rex Brothers

LHP Boone Logan

RHP Adam Ottavino

RHP Matt Belisle

RHP Nick Masset

RHP Juan Nicasio

RHP Brooks Brown

CATCHERS:

Wilin Rosario

Mike McKenry

INFIELDERS:

1B Justin Morneau

2B DJ LeMahieu

SS Josh Rutledge

3B Nolan Arenado

INF Charlie Culberson

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Corey Dickerson

CF Charlie Blackmon

RF Michael Cuddyer

OF Brandon Barnes

OF Drew Stubbs

OF/INF Matt McBride

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