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David Dahl reacquaints himself with the IL

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Dahl quickly went from career highs in 2019 to career lows in 2020

Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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No. 39, David Dahl: -1.1 rWAR

Fans had a lot of hope for David Dahl after he proved he could be an All-Star outfielder in 2019, especially with the added bonus of him playing a career high 100 games.

All looked well on Opening Day when Dahl was the only Rockie to record a hit off of the Texas Rangers. In fact, he went 3-for-4 in the 1-0 loss. It went downhill from there though, and Dahl went on to bat .157 in the leadoff spot before winding up on the Injured List due to soreness in his lower back. This, however, wasn’t exactly new information as Dahl had missed time during summer camp for the same issue.

In late August, the 26-year-old outfielder came off the IL but soon returned after the Rockies played their final series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 20. Dahl finished this season with a .183/.222/.247 slash in 24 of the 60 games — just 40 percent of the already shortened season.

His season-ending injury this time was because of sharp pain in his shoulder that, unknowingly to Bud Black or trainers, had been an issue since January of this year. Dahl commented on the injury saying, “I figured that I’d been on the (IL) a lot, and I needed to figure this thing out on my own and push through this.”

As of Sept. 29, it was reported that Dahl had surgery for his shoulder and that it went well; he will begin rehab immediately and be ready to go for next season. Here’s to a healthy Dahl in 2021!