DENVER — The good news is that DJ LeMahieu will be back in the Rockies lineup. The team re-instated him today. The bad news is that the corresponding transaction is to place David Dahl on the disabled list with a broken foot. The team announced both moves today. Dahl expects to miss about 6-8 weeks. In his words, “It sucks.”
Rockies manager Bud Black echoed Dahl’s expectation of a timeline and said he had encouraging words for the young outfielder.
“I told him there’s a long way to go in this season, and we’re gonna need him, so stay positive,” Black said.
When I first heard the news, I thought about Dahl’s slide into second base on Monday, when he and Brandon Crawford rammed shins. But the injury occurred when Dahl fouled a ball off of his foot this past Wednesday.
“I’ve never hit a ball off the top of my foot in my whole career,” Dahl said. “I wear a shin guard because I’ve hit it off my shin before, but never the top of my foot.”
This is tough luck for Dahl, who missed all of the 2017 season with a stress reaction in his ribcage. Oh, and he also had to get as splenectomy due to another injury.
Regardless of how it happened, Dahl’s on the disabled list with a broken foot, and the Rockies are going to lose out on another bat in the lineup. Let’s hope that the good news compensates for the bad news.