DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has activated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the 60-day disabled list. In addition, right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown was recalled from Triple-A, right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 13) and infielder Ben Paulsen was optioned to Triple-A. They also transferred left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Cuddyer and Brown will both be available for today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field (6:10 p.m. MT).
Cuddyer, 35, suffered a left shoulder fracture on June 5 against Arizona and has missed 60 games while recovering from his disabled list stint. He made eight rehab appearances between Rookie Grand Junction (five games) and Double-A Tulsa (three games) hitting .433 (13-for-30) with six doubles, nine RBI and seven runs and did not strike out once. This year, Cuddyer has hit .317 (38-for-120) with seven doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs in 31 games. The Norfolk, VA native has played in 1,401 career games hitting .278 (1399-for-5039) with 307 doubles, 40 triples, 182 home runs, 738 RBI and 749 runs.
Brown, 29, will be making his third stint with Colorado this season. He made his Major League debut for the Rockies on July 6th and has appeared in 10 games for the Rockies going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (9.1 ip, 7 er). The Statesboro, GA native has spent the balance of 2014 at Triple-A Colorado Springs as a member of the bullpen. In 37 games with the Sky Sox he has gone 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA (47.1 ip, 22 er), 17 walks and 46 strikeouts.
Kahnle, 25, has spent the entire year to date with the Rockies and is being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He has made 47 appearances and has gone 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA (63.0 ip, 26 er) with 29 walks and 56 strikeouts. His 63.0 innings are fifth-most among Major League relievers. The Rockies 2013 Rule 5 Draft pick, was originally a fifth round draft choice of the New York Yankees in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut on April 3rd at Miami.
Paulsen, 26, made his Major League debut on July 21st and was a member of the Rockies and has appeared in 11 games for the Rockies this year over two stints. In the 11 games, Paulsen has hit .400 (12-for-30) with four doubles, one home run, four RBI and four runs scored. Paulsen has spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. For the Sky Sox, he has batted .285 (111-for-390) with 27 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 63 RBI and 66 runs. He was originally selected by the Rockies in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson University.
Anderson, 26, suffered a lower back strain in his start on August 5 against the Chicago Cubs, which removed him from the game after 3.0 innings. For the season, Anderson has made eight starts going 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA (43.1 ip, 14 er) and has allowed just one home run. He has made 92 career appearances, 81 starts, going 27-32 with a 3.73 ERA (494.0 ip, 205 er), 502 hits, 133 walks and 386 strikeouts.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.