Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl (No. 2 PuRP) left New Britain's 9-5 win over the Altoona Curve today after a collision with second baseman Juan Ciriaco, a source told Purple Row.
Dahl was hospitalized with a possible concussion and ruptured spleen along with a rib injury, according to the source. Dahl will have surgery on his spleen, in which doctors found a tear.
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan also reported that Dahl's rib is broken and refers to the situation with his spleen as "scary:"
Rockies prospect David Dahl has likely concussion, broken rib after an awful on-field collision, per club source. Possible ruptured spleen.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 28, 2015
Situation with Rockies prospect David Dahl's spleen after on-field collision is scary. Doctors found bleeding, trying to mend with surgery.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 28, 2015
Dahl was hitting .263/.290/.374 as a 21-year-old at Double-A entering today's contest, in which he went 2-for-3. He had also stolen 13 bases in 17 attempts. He was performing even better in May, hitting .307/.320/.436 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight steals after posting an OPS of just .576 in April.
This is not the first major injury of Dahl's professional career, unfortunately, as he missed all but 10 games of the 2013 season with a torn hamstring.
Ciriaco was not injured on the play -- at least, not to the point where he had to exit the game.
UPDATE (2:56 p.m. MT): AL.com's Mark Inabinett has an update from Dahl's father, Mike:
"They're trying to save the spleen," 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."