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Rockies outfielder David Dahl on a slow path back from injury

Rockies news and links for Sunday July 2, 2017.

David Dahl finally on path to return to Rockies | Denver Post
Patrick Saunders reports that David Dahl began hitting off a tee this past Thursday, and that he did so comfortably. He writes that "Dahl is making steady progress," but also that "there is no specific timetable for his return."

Dahl's stress reaction has now kept him out of action four times as long as his lacerated spleen and subsequent splenectomy. Perhaps that only seems strange for those of us who aren't physicians. Ultimately, it really is best for Dahl and the Rockies to be patient. There's no use in rushing back and getting re-injured.

Jon Gray not a true ace yet, but Rockies right-hander is getting there | Denver Post
Everyone has a different definition of "ace," but the consensus among the folks Patrick Saunders talks to here all suggest that one constant is time. He'll need to have many more starts like he had on Friday, and he'll need to do it over a longer period of time. For now, I'll settle for "great starter whose turn I'm happy to see come up because I feel really good about the Rockies chances to win." Maybe that's not "ace" writ large, but it at least qualifies for team ace.

Rockies Nolan Arenado had four triples in June | MLB.com
One of my favorite fun facts is that the record for most triples in a season is 36, set by someone named Chief Wilson in 1912. Typically when you see a record like that set over a century ago, you assume it was the weird state of the game at the time. And there is a little something to that. There were more triples in the early twentieth century. However, Wilson is the only player on record to ever have 30 triples in a season. In fact, the second most triples a player has ever posted in a season is 26. That was done three times—1912, 1914, and 1925. Wilson's 36-triple season was a complete anomaly that was weird even for 1912.

Likewise, Nolan Arenado's four triples in June is a random baseball outcome that is all the more fun for it. He now has five for the season, and it's a coin flip as to whether or not he'll even hit one more for the remainder of the year.

All-Star rosters to be unveiled on Sunday | MLB.com
Charlie Blackmon should be a lock to get voted in to play the outfield, but it's not clear whether Nolan Arenado was able to stave off the likely wave of votes for Kris Bryant.

NL West

Revamped Rich Hill dominates Padres | True Blue LA
The Dodgers won again. Rich Hill dominated the Padres and added a couple hits. They were his first two hits since 2009.

Giants steal win, 2-1, in 11 innings | McCovey Chronicles
The Giants won, too. Good for them!