On Wednesday afternoon, Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl took batting practice at Coors Field for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 1 with a broken foot.
The timeline for Dahl’s return was estimated to be six to eight weeks so Dahl is in the early part of that timeline. That’s good news for Rockies fans who are anxious for his return. Batting, running and being able to do it with no pain, as the 24-year-old Dahl told Rox Pile and other media members after his batting session, is key.
"“Feels good. I’m excited. Hopefully I can keep progressing and be back soon,” Dahl said. “I think I’m progressing a little faster than what we thought. I think this week’s big just to see how I do the rest of the week and go from there.”"
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Dahl headed to Arizona and the Rockies spring training complex right after being placed on the disabled list and did what work he could while the broken foot healed.
"“Worked hard. Tried to lift. Eat healthy. Do what I can to get some weight back,” Dahl said. “I’m excited.”"
An MRI showed that Dahl’s foot was well enough to begin batting and working out and Dahl wasted little time getting back in the cage.
Wednesday, however, was big because it was his first time hitting at Coors Field, a place he said he hopes to return to within a matter of days rather than weeks.
"“Once they go on the All-Star break, maybe finish in Albuquerque, finish the last couple of steps. Then hopefully I’ll be right there,” Dahl said."
Dahl was hitting .275 in 91 at-bats with four homers and 13 RBI before fouling a ball off the top of his foot on May 30 against the San Francisco Giants, causing the break. Dahl was hitting .350 in his final seven games before being injured, with six of his 13 RBI coming during that stretch.
"“I was feeling good before I got hurt. That’s the hope, to pick up where I left off,” Dahl said. “I just have to get some at-bats and play.”"