After missing more than a month following a nasty collision in the outfield,
He has been struggling however, batting .125 (3 for 24) with nine strikeouts in six games. He had posted a .269 average in 44 games at Double-A.
The Rockies selected Dahl with their first-round pick (10th overall) in 2012. He wound up having his spleen removed as a result of the collision at the end of May.
His agents at Sosnick Cobbe & Karon said having his spleen removed will allow him to return this season instead of next year. However, they also mentioned "it brings other challenges" as well.
Dahl was hurt in Thursday's game when he was chasing down a fly ball in center field. Shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman Juan Ciriaco also went after the play, but while Story pulled up, Ciriaco did not. He struck Dahl in the head and torso area with his knee, per MiLB.com. Dahl stayed on the ground following the collision, but walked off under his own power.
The 2012 first-round pick is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 22) and MLB.com (No. 59).
Rockies senior director of player development Zach Wilson said Dahl, who is playing for Double-A New Britain, underwent surgery to repair his spleen. However, he did not suffer any bone fractures and did not suffer a concussion.
"There is no timetable on David's return," Wilson said in a press release. "The organization is in contact with David and his family. They are in our thoughts as we wish him the best."
According to MiLB.com, Dahl rushed in from center field in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against Altoona to field a fly ball. Shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman Juan Ciriaco also chased the play. Story turned off before the ball fell, but Ciriaco continued his path, leaping to avoid Dahl but instead striking the outfielder's head and torso area with his knee. Dahl stayed on the ground following the collision, but walked off under his own power.
The 2012 first-round pick has a .269/.296/.379/.675 slash line in 44 games. He is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 22) and MLB.com (No. 59).
"They're trying to save the spleen," Dahl's father, Mike Dahl said. "There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They're just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that's the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn't remember much about what happened. No broken bones or nothing -- all the CT scans were negative."
Dahl started Thursday's game for Double-A New Britain. He went 2 for 3 with two runs and one strikeout before leaving the game in the sixth inning.
The 2012 first-round pick entered play Thursday with a .263/.290/.374/.665 slash line in 43 games. He is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 22) and MLB.com (No. 59).
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