Before they open their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, the Colorado Rockies announced some moves to the 25-man roster.
The Colorado Rockies just announced that they have activated second baseman DJ LeMahieu from the 10-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, they announced that outfielder David Dahl will go on the 10-day disabled list with a broken right foot.
LeMahieu was on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain. This is the second time he was on the disabled list this season as he had a had a right hamstrig strain that sidelined him for nearly two weeks. He suffered that injury in Miami at the end of April.
He only returned for five games before suffering the left thumb sprain. The last time he saw game action was on May 13, against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rockies 7-3 loss.
In the interim, the Rockies have used a few different players at second base as Pat Valaika, Daniel Castro, and, most recently, Ryan McMahon have seen action at second base. McMahon has been the most impressive there, albeit in limited action, as he was 6-for-18 with 3 doubles in his five games at second base (four of which were starts).
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Dahl has had his fair share of injuries in his professional career and some of them have been rather peculiar. In 2015, while playing in Double-A, he lacerated his spleen in a defensive collision and, as a result, had to have his spleen removed.
Last season, he barely played in the minor leagues and did not play at all at the major league level as he had a stress fracture in his rib and, during the rehab process from that injury, he developed back spasms. With that, he was shut down for the rest of the season.
In 32 games in the majors this season, Dahl went 25-for-91 with a .275/.309/.484 slash line with an OPS+ of 100. In those games, he showed that he was the most consistent Rockies outfielder at the plate, behind Charlie Blackmon of course, but he still was primarily utilized on the bench, due to Rockies manager Bud Black primarily playing Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez in the corner outfield spots.
It’s a bad break for Dahl and the Rockies both (no pun intended) that he will be on the disabled list for, presumably, an extended period of time.