Dahl (ribs) recently took batting practice Tuesday and Wednesday and should receive a rehab assignment in the near future, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Fantasy players should pick up Dahl if he's available, even before the announcement of where he'll make his minor-league cameo. Assuming the team was pleased with these workouts and he goes through a few more days without incident, he could return sometime before the end of May.
Dahl (ribs) will take batting practice with the Rockies on Wednesday with the hope of ramping up baseball activities in the coming days, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. After suffering a setback earlier in the month, the young outfielder seems to be back on track and nearing a return to action. The Rockies are hoping that if all goes well with the uptick in activity this week, Dahl can embark on a rehab assignment next week. Most of this hinges on his ability to get through his scheduled program this week, so his status moving forward should gain some clarity in a few days.
Dahl (ribs) resumed dry swinging Friday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Dahl engaged in some swinging drills in late April, but he wasn't able to complete them at 100 percent, so he laid off baseball-related activities. Now that he's back on track, he should be able to begin hitting relatively soon, although a firmer timetable for his return should come forth as he ramps up further.
Dahl (ribs) is still not able to show 100 percent exertion on his swing, according to manager Bud Black, MLB Network Radio reports. "He's still a ways away," Black said. While general manager Jeff Bridich said over the weekend that he was hopeful Dahl could play in games in a week or so, Black's comments suggest that is not likely to happen. Even if he is able to return in mid-to-late May, he is not a lock to get more than a handful of starts per week as long as Mark Reynolds continues to earn starts at first base, which has been pushing Ian Desmond to left field lately.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he's hopeful Dahl (ribs) can play in games in a week or a little longer. Dahl, who has been sidelined since spring training with a stress fracture in his ribs, was able to resume baseball activity last week, which included a batting practice session Friday. The Rockies figure to gradually ramp up the intensity of Dahl's workouts in the days to come, and how he responds will ultimately dictate when the team decides to send him out on a rehab assignment. Due to the extensive time he's already missed, Dahl could require multiple games at multiple levels in the minors before the Rockies activate him from the DL, but with a return at some point in May a good possibility, those who have stashed the 23-year-old this long are best served waiting out his return.