This weekend, at the Rockies caravan, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black spoke on a number of different things (and most of which we discussed in this article) but one thing that he also discussed was an update on Rockies outfielder David Dahl.
2017 was an injury plagued season for Rockies outfielder David Dahl as he was only able to play 19 games in the minor leagues and he did not make a single appearance with in the major leagues before being shut down in late July.
However, on Saturday, Rockies manager Bud Black spoke with the media for an extended period of time so he was able to talk about a bevy of topics, including MLB’s pace of play initiatives, among other things. One of the many topics that he discussed was some news on was Dahl’s recovery.
Black said that Dahl would be a “full go” when spring training opens next month (I know, it can’t come soon enough). “He’s engaged, he’s running, he’s lifting weights, he’s swinging at 100 percent,” added Black. “Right now there are no concerns, and medically, everybody feels really good about David.”
Dahl also posted a video on Twitter last Friday of his swing and if it’s any indication, it looks like Dahl’s recovery has gone well.
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If Dahl is truly healthy and shows as much in spring training, I think that the Rockies will probably be comfortable enough to pencil him into one of the corner outfield spots. With that, the Rockies could use Ian Desmond at first, where they originally intended for him to play when they signed him last offseason.
If the market has been as stagnate as it has been this offseason, players will have to sign for a lot less than they hoped for and, potentially, the Rockies could even make another move to sign a corner outfielder and/or a first baseman. If that is the case and Dahl is healthy, you could even see him and/or Desmond on the bench.
That would make the Rockies and their depth look even a better team looking into in 2018 and beyond.