On Friday night at Coors Field, David Dahl suffered a right ankle injury in the sixth inning of the Colorado Rockies win over the San Francisco Giants. On Saturday afternoon, we heard the severity of the injury and what it means moving forward.
After an MRI, David Dahl has been officially diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and has been placed on the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, the Colorado Rockies have called up Yonathan Daza from Triple-A.
The injury is a blow to the Rockies as they lose their All-Star outfielder while trying to climb out of the National League West cellar thanks to a 51-59 mark heading into Saturday’s action.
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In 100 games this season (covering 374 at-bats), Dahl was hitting .302/.353/.524. The .302 batting average is second on the team among qualified batters, just behind Charlie Blackmon‘s .318 mark.
Daza, meanwhile, is hitting .056 in 18 at-bats this season. With Dahl out, the Rockies are likely to be looking for who will be their fourth outfielder behind a starting rotation that will include Blackmon, Ian Desmond and Raimel Tapia. Garrett Hampson was inserted into the starting center field slot for Saturday’s game, reminding Rockies fans of his versatility.
Heading into Friday night’s game against the Giants, the 25-year-old Dahl was batting .311 (14-for-45) since July 21. He went 1-for-3 before the injury, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 contests. He entered the game third in the National League with 45 RBI since May 30, batting .407 (24-for-59) during that span with runners in scoring position.
We will have more from Coors Field to update this article below after Colorado manager Bud Black speaks to the media in his daily dugout session.
Bud Black confirmed to the media that Desmond will stay in left while Blackmon stays in right. For now, there will be a rotation in center field featuring Hampson, Tapia and Daza.
Dahl, meanwhile, spoke to the media and expressed his frustration with yet another injury. He said he did not know the length he would be out but added it could be “a few weeks.” He also described the moment the injury occurred.
“I ran after the ball,” Dahl explained. “It kind of cut on me at the last second so I had to stop. My cleat got caught and I heard a pop. I didn’t know if it was my knee, my ankle or my Achilles. I was kind of thinking the worst thing right there and all of the emotion kind of got to me. ‘Oh no, not again.’ I’m glad it’s just a high ankle sprain.”