Thursday Pebble Report: David Dahl injury worse than expected

by Charlie Drysdale

The injury to David Dahl is revealed to be a torn hamstring, keeping him on the disabled list longer than expected. Also in Wednesday's minor league news, strong pitching performances by T.J. Oakes and Dan Winkler lead to affiliate wins.

On Wednesday, Rockies top prospect David Dahl (#1 PuRP) discovered his injured hamstring was actually a severe tear. The severity of the injury was revealed in a string of Dahl tweets including:

A source close to Dahl confirmed the severity of the injury and says the best case scenario would have him back in 10-12 weeks. Dahl originally injured the hamstring on May 7th against the Augusta GreenJackets while hustling up the line on an infield hit. According to a report on MILB.com, Dahl collapsed after reaching first base and had to be helped from the field. Calls to the Asheville Tourists and Colorado Rockies this morning were not returned.

Low-A Asheville - W 8-1 (22-16)

The Tourists won against the Red Sox affiliate Greenville in Asheville on Wednesday. A strong starting performance by T.J. Oakes was the catalyst for the win. Oakes went seven full innings allowing only one run on six hits. He struck out three and walked only one batter. Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning in relief.

Shortstop Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) had two doubles in the game and raised his average to .372 on the year. Cleanup hitter Francisco Sosa added a double and scored a run. Catcher Chris O'Dowd had a pair of hits, including a double and also scored a run.

High-A Modesto - W 9-5 (17-22)

The Nuts defeated the Padres affiliate of Lake Elsinore in Modesto on Wednesday. The Nuts were lead by starter Dan Winkler (HM PuRP), who went six innings and allowed only two earned runs on four hits. Winkler had eight strikeouts to only one walk, and his ERA dropped to 2.31 on the year.

Catcher Will Swanner (#5 PuRP) had another good game, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Swanner is heating up and is now batting .467 in his past four games. Left fielder David Kandilas (HM PuRP) also had a pair of doubles and added a walk. Trevor Story ( #3 PuRP) had a hit and has reached base safely in nine straight games, batting .285 during that string.

Double-A Tulsa - L 3-5 (16-22)

The Drillers fell to the Cardinals affiliate of Springfield in Tulsa on Wednesday. Starter Dan Houston is now 0-4 on the season after giving up four earned runs and a pair of home runs to Cardinals prospect Adam Melker.

Joey Wong and Angelys Nina were the only Drillers to have multiple hits in the game. Nina is now batting .378 over his last ten games including two home runs. Third baseman Jayson Langfels had Tulsa's lone extra base hit with a double in the eighth inning. He came around to score on a pinch hit by Kent Matthes (HM PuRP). Matthes later scored on a Wong single bringing the Drillers within one run, but that's as close as they could get. Tulsa is in the midst of a six game losing streak.

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