DENVER — Andrew McCutchen did not play today against the Rockies and is day to day with a sore right shoulder.
“It’s a little stiff today,” McCutchen said. “I tried to take some swings in the cage (before the game), but it didn’t want t to loosen up.”
McCutchen was in the original lineup, but manager John Russell scratched him when McCutchen said he was unable to play.
“He tried to swing and felt it,” Russell said. “We didn’t want to take a chance. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
»»» Lefty Paul Maholm (6-9) worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on a season-worst 11 hits. Each of the first six runs Maholm allowed came via two-out hits.
“It never seemed like he got in much of a rhythm,” Russell said. “The biggest thing that hurt him was he had trouble putting hitters away. He gave up some two-strike hits, just didn’t quite get the ball where he wanted to. He battled; it just wasn’t his day.”
In the bottom of the first, Maholm gave up a solo homer to Carlos Gonzalez. With the bases loaded in the second, the Rockies got back-to-back, two-run hits by Dexter Fowler (double) and Clint Barmes (single).
“They went the other way,” Maholm said. “They didn’t take big swings. They just kind of put the ball in play. I wasn’t able to make the pitch. That’s just kinda how the day went.”
»»» Garrett Jones had an RBI double in the first inning, then was picked off second base. In the three-game series, Jones went 6 for 12, including three doubles and two homers, with five RBI. That might catch the attention of a team looking to add some pop off the bench before Saturday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
»»» Neil Walker also finished the series with five RBI. He hit eighth-inning homers in the first and last games, including a two-run shot today off Rafael Bentacourt.
»»» Right-hander Craig Hansen, who’s been out more than a year due to Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, a rare nerve condition in his shoulder, has been cleared to pitch for High-A Bradenton. He has not pitched in a game since April 17, 2009.
»»» Righty Brendan Donnelly, who on Sunday was designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was released.
»»» Catcher/infielder James Skelton was promoted to Double-A Altoona.
»»» Best wishes for a speedy recovery to broadcaster John Wehner, who’s wearing a boot on his broken left foot. Wehner sustained the injury last week when he stumbled on a curb while jogging at night.