David Dahl--the Rockies top position player prospect--sustained serious injuries after colliding with a teammate while trying to catch a fly ball. Dahl was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed successful surgery on his spleen. The good news is that the surgery was successful; the bad news is that he will miss the rest of the season and may need to wear protective equipment under his uniform for the rest of his career. Yikes.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers!! Was a fluke incident but God has a plan for me! Minor set back for a major come back</p>— David Dahl (@ddahl21) <a href="https://twitter.com/ddahl21/status/604132676447129600">May 29, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Dahl has a good head on his shoulders, and he will come back. For more information, see our earlier article.
The Rockies' recent string of solid starting pitching has led the team's emergence from their death spiral, and that strong starting pitching came from unlikely corners. Chad Bettis, David Hale, and Chris Rusin were both called up from Triple-A to fill in for injured starters, and all three performed admirably. Bettis' 8.1 inning muzzling of the Giants was a particular treat to watch. Hale is back in the minors and pitching well while Bettis is in line for another start for the big club. Both will probably get more chances for starts this year.
Barnes, Rosario return to majors rejuvenated - Rockies.com
It can't be easy accepting a Triple-A assignment after multiple years of staying on the major league roster, but Brandon Barnes and Wilin Rosario handled such a scenario with class. They didn't pout or whine (which isn't to say they were happy about it), and now they are back in the big leagues and producing. Let's hope the same situation plays out with Drew Stubbs.