Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a lacerated spleen on Thursday, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.
Dahl was involved in a collision with Double-A teammate Juan Ciriaco during the New Britain Rock Cats' 9-5 victory over the Altoona Curve. Dahl was immediately taken to a local hospital, where it was determined that surgery would be needed to fix a tear in his spleen. The 21-year-old outfielder also likely suffered a concussion in the collision, his father told AL.com, though that no longer appears true.
On Friday afternoon, Rockies senior director of player development Zach Wilson issued a statement on Dahl's condition:
#Rockies Senior Director of Player Development Zach Wilson on outfield prospect David Dahl: pic.twitter.com/gMI2Cgf9BQ— #VoteRox (@Rockies) May 29, 2015
For the remainder of his career, Dahl might have to wear protective equipment under his uniform to protect the area affected by the surgery, per Passan.
Dahl was 2-for-3 at the plate prior to the injury. After a slow start to the season, he hit .307/.320/.436 in May, just his second month in Double-A. Dahl is nearly four years younger than the average Eastern League player, according to Baseball-Reference.
This season marks the second time in which Dahl will miss the majority of a minor league season. The Rockies' first pick in the 2012 draft played in only 10 games in 2013 before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury.