In the midst of a cold spell after a sizzling start, the Rockies (13-10) made a major roster move on Wednesday prior to their game against Houston at Coors Field.
Outfielder David Dahl, who has been battling soreness in his lower back and side, was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday.
Taking Dahl’s place on the roster is infielder Brendan Rodgers, the team’s top prospect, who was recalled from the club’s alternate training site at Metro State University. Rodgers joined the Rockies for their two-game trip to Houston on Monday and Tuesday as a member of the three-man taxi squad.
After opening the season with an 11-3 record, the Rockies have lost seven of their last nine games, in large part because they have lacked key hits. Considering the Rockies’ current offensive woes, Rodgers might be seen as a spark and enable Black to tinker with his lineup. Rodgers, however, was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game.
“The word is he’s doing very well,” manager Bud Black said of Rodgers’ workouts at the satellite camp. “(Assistant general manager) Zach Wilson reports that he’s moving great. We’re past the shoulder woes. He feels 100 percent as far as his ability to play short, to play second and make all the throws without any discomfort in the arm, and offensively swinging the bat.”
Rogers, 24, made his big-league debut May 27 of last season and played in 25 games before he began experiencing soreness in his right shoulder. He was placed on the injured list June 24 and underwent shoulder surgery July 17, ending his season. Rodgers hit .224 (17-for-76) with two doubles and seven RBIs but did not hit a home run.
Dahl, a first-time all-star last season, has had a disappointing 2020 season so far. He was scheduled to start Tuesday’s game at Houston but was a late scratch. He’s in the middle of a career-worst hitless streak that’s now reached 0-for-17. Dahl is batting .157 since his 3-for-4 opening-day performance at Texas.
Dahl missed time during summer camp due to what the Rockies called “core soreness,” but Black said that he believed that injury “had been resolved.”
Black said Wednesday that Dahl’s current injury is in his lower back and side.
“That whole area was fired up yesterday,” Black said.
This marks the fourth consecutive big-league season in which Dahl has landed on the injured list. Last season, he missed time in April because of an abdominal strain and then suffered a season-ending high-ankle sprain on Aug. 3.
Footnotes. Right-hander Carlos Estevez (bruised right hand) was likely not available for Wednesday’s game but could pitch in Thursday afternoon’s game. He remains a candidate to work the ninth inning. … Rockies starters continue to put up impressive numbers. Their 3.25 ERA was the third-lowest in the National League and the fifth-lowest in the majors. Their 133.0 innings pitched ranked second in the majors behind Cleveland’s 136 2/3.