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David Dahl’s injury will keep him out longer than previously thought

The Rockies might have to start the season without their starting left-fielder

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David Dahl and the Rockies are going to have to wait a little longer to make his 2017 debut, as his back injury is worse than previously thought, according to Patrick Saunders. Bud Black originally told Saunders that Dahl's injury was "not a big deal," and Dahl himself added: "It will be fine." The original thought was that he just suffering from normal soreness, but Black now says, "there are some things going on with his back. David is undergoing some tests, and scans, and treatment to see what is going on."

There's no concrete timetable for Dahl's return, but it's looking like it will be at least another week until there's a clearer outlook.

If Dahl were to not be ready for the season, we can expect to see Gerardo Parra getting starts in left field .

This is definitely not news the Rockies wanted to hear heading into what they expect to be a contending season. Dahl broke into the majors last year and hit .315/.359/.500 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

We'll have more info on this situation as news becomes available.