Colorado Rockies injury update: David Dahl “progressing”

DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 15: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies hits a triple in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on June 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 15: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies hits a triple in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on June 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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On Saturday before the Colorado Rockies met the Miami Marlins in the second of a three-game series at Coors Field, Colorado manager Bud Black gave an update on injured All-Star outfielder David Dahl.

David Dahl last saw action for the Colorado Rockies on August 2 when he suffered a high right ankle sprain in the sixth inning of Colorado’s 5-4 home win over the San Francisco Giants. A tearful Dahl was carted off the field as many wondered about the injury and any possibility of the 25-year-old former first-round draft pick returning this season.

Black said on Saturday that Dahl was “progressing” in his rehab at Colorado’s spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday in Phoenix and Black said he expects to not only see Dahl on Monday but also get a first-hand account of how he is doing and how a potential return this season is looking.

"“He is progressing. He’s doing better,” Black told Rox Pile and other reporters inside the Colorado dugout. “He’s out of the boot. He’s on the treadmill. He’s doing exercises. He’s feeling much better. We’ll have more of an indication about a timeline maybe by Monday. Maybe by Monday we will know if baseball activities are increasing.”"

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Dahl was slashing .302/353/.524 when he suffered the injury. He also extended his 10-game hitting streak with a 1-for-3 performance before going down trying to catch a ball in right-center field.

He hit .315 in both May and June to help him earn his first All-Star bid. Dahl went 1-for-1 with an eighth-inning single off Cleveland’s Brad Hand and scored a run in the National League’s 4-3 loss in Cleveland.

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Dahl’s injury also has caused the Rockies to change their defensive alignment, with Raimel Tapia, Yonathan Daza and Garrett Hampson all getting time in center field as part of a replacement rotation.

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