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Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl begins rehab assignment with High-A Lancaster

Dahl is finally ready to play some baseball following a lengthy absence due to a rib injury

Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl on Wednesday will begin a rehab assignment with the High-A Lancaster Jethawks. He is in the lineup tonight, batting second and playing left field.

Dahl has been out for the entire 2017 season up to this point with a stress reaction in his ribs. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 27 in a move that is retroactive to the beginning of the season, meaning that Dahl—assuming his rehab assignment goes well—will be eligible to return to the big league roster any time.

The 23-year-old lefty swinger hit .315/.359/.500 in 237 plate appearances for the Rockies as a rookie in 2016. He was expected to be the team’s starting left fielder entering this year before the injury, which was discovered during the first week of Cactus League play, occurred.

The Rockies could certainly use Dahl in their lineup whenever he’s ready. The team enters the second half with its second-worst wOBA in the humidor era and, to this point, has been dragged down by poor performances from outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Ian Desmond in addition to shortstop Trevor Story, among others.

We’ll have a full report of Dahl’s first minor league game of the year in tomorrow’s Pebble Report, and this post will be updated with additional information if it becomes available.