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STL@COL: Weiss discusses McHugh's start, Helton

Having not won a game in the Major Leagues since 2011 entering this season, Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa had a real shot at reaching 20 victories in 2013 after he earned his 16th win on Sept. 4. But after leaving his next start early with pain in three fingers on his throwing hand, the southpaw has yet to take the mound again.

De La Rosa and the Rockies initially hoped he'd be able to return to action Saturday in the second of the club's three-game weekend set with the D-backs at Coors Field, but he was scratched because his throwing thumb is still bothering him.

In De La Rosa's place, Colorado will send right-hander Collin McHugh to the bump. The 26-year-old has only appeared in five games this season -- three with the Mets -- but is coming off a strong showing Monday, when he threw five innings and allowed one run in a win over the Cardinals.

"There was a little rust, definitely some breaking balls I'd like to have back, but other than that, I was pleased," McHugh said after the game.

Opposing McHugh for the D-backs, who were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Friday, will be right-hander Trevor Cahill. The 25-year-old has won four consecutive decisions dating back to Aug. 17 and defeated the Dodgers his last time out, holding the National League West champions to one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings. The lone score came on a bases-loaded walk he issued to Yasiel Puig.

"I was trying to throw it down the middle and couldn't locate," Cahill said. "Everything seemed fine as far as mechanics, it just kind of didn't go where I wanted it to go."

Rockies: Cuddyer sits second day with wrist injury
Michael Cuddyer missed his second straight start when the Rockies faced the D-backs Friday night due to a left wrist injury.

Cuddyer injured the wrist and his right forearm when he landed awkwardly after making a diving catch in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's loss to the Cardinals.

"It's not really the forearm, it's the wrist," manager Walt Weiss said. "His forearm got banged up, but it's the wrist that got caught up underneath him that's still pretty sore."

Cuddyer took a cortisone shot Friday and hopes to return to game action Sunday. He's competing with the Braves' Chris Johnson for the NL batting title -- they're tied at .331.

D-backs: Owings to see time at second
Over the last nine games of the season, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson will likely give rookie Chris Owings some playing time at second base. He has primarily played shortstop during his Minor League career, though he did see 11 games at second in Triple-A this year.

"I've been taking ground balls over there," Owings said. "Whenever he decides to play me over there, I'll be ready."

Owings is 7-for-29 since being called up earlier this month. He grounded out to first in the ninth inning Friday.

Worth noting
• The D-backs' Gerardo Parra has tallied a club-record and Major League-leading 17 outfield assists in 2013.

• Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who hasn't played since Aug. 4 because of a right middle finger sprain, took a cortisone shot when he visited Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland this week and hopes it will allow him to hit off a tee in about a week. If the pain returns when he swings, Gonzalez may opt for surgery, according to Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, but would have it early enough to be ready for Spring Training in 2014.

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