Rockies send Cuddyer, Butler to DL

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Updated: 6/09/2014 3:47 pm

Denver, CO ( - Outfielder Michael Cuddyer and rookie pitcher Eddie Butler were both placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies prior to Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Cuddyer is dealing with a strained left shoulder that kept him out of the Rockies' three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past weekend. The 2013 National League batting champion will be making his second stint on the DL this season, having previously missed a month with a hamstring injury he sustained in mid-April.

The veteran slugger has hit .317 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 31 games thus far in 2014, one year after recording a career-best .331 average to claim the NL batting title.

Butler, ranked as Colorado's No. 2 overall prospect by entering the season, is set back by inflammation in his right shoulder. The 23-year-old made his major league debut on Friday, but was rocked for six runs and 10 hits across 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

The moves clear a spot for Christian Bergman to make his first major league start in Monday's matchup with the Braves.

Bergman had his contract selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where the 26-year-old compiled a 4-4 record with a 3.84 earned run average in 12 starts.

The Rockies also recalled reliever Chad Bettis from the Sky Sox while designating pitcher Wilton Lopez for assignment.

Bettis appeared in 12 games with the Rockies earlier this season, surrendering 13 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA and two saves over 10 outings after being demoted to Triple A in early May.


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