Cardullo (wrist) went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in his return from the disabled list with Double-A Hartford on Thursday.
Cardullo broke his wrist back in May, but he came back with a bang after a two-month absence. Wrist injuries sometimes sap power, but it doesn't to be too much of a concern in this instance. Cardullo will continue to act as organizational depth in the Rockies' organization while he's healthy.
Cardullo is expected to miss two months due to a broken wrist, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. reports.
It seemed strange that the Rockies would just release Cardullo after the surprising success he had the past two seasons, but this injury appears to be the reason why the Rockies restructured their agreement with the former independent league star. Cardullo latched back on with Colorado on a minor-league deal, so he'll continue to rehab his injury in the minors for the next couple months. More information on his progress should come clear as he reaches the next steps in his recovery process.
Cardullo has decided to rejoin the Rockies after being released by the team less than a week ago. He's slashed just .190/.253/.321 across 91 big-league plate appearances over the past two seasons, so he'll likely serve as an organizational depth piece.
Cardullo has never really panned out for the Rockies over the past two seasons, hitting just .190 over 91 career major league at-bats. Despite his stellar numbers at the plate with Triple-A Albuquerque last season (.308/.367/.522 with 17 home runs), the Rockies have decided to move forward while clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old could land a minor-league contract elsewhere, but his chances of making it back to the big leagues remain rather slim.
Cardullo was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.
The former independent league star leveraged a strong spring training performance into an Opening Day roster spot, but he'll head back to the minors after batting just .143 in 28 regular season at-bats. If Cardullo finds success against minor-league pitching, he could return to Denver relatively soon, although the impending return of Ian Desmond (hand) may also make things too crowded for Cardullo to find his way back to the big leagues unless another injury strikes. German Marquez will take his place on the 25-man roster.
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