DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs -- both up from Triple-A Albuquerque -- in the Rockies' 9-7 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.Starting in left field, Dahl
DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs -- both up from Triple-A Albuquerque -- in the Rockies' 9-7 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.
Starting in left field, Dahl went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Cuevas, who started in right field, went 0-for-3 but was robbed of an extra-base hit by Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. on his deep line drive in his first at-bat.
The reinforcements became necessary when Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for his role in an April 11 bench-clearing incident vs. the Padres. The Rockies also placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring soreness and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman (1-for-23, three walks, 11 strikeouts) to Albuquerque.
Dahl, a first-round pick (10th overall) by the Rockies in the 2012 Draft, excited the Rockies' faithful in 2016 when he hit .315 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in his 63-game Major League debut, but last year, a stress reaction in his rib wouldn't go away and eventually led to back problems. He didn't appear in the Majors, and was shut down at Albuquerque on July 31.
After two strong games to start this Triple-A season, Dahl came down with a stomach virus and didn't play for 11 days. Overall, he has hit .231 with two doubles and five RBIs in six games in Albuquerque, but feels healthy.
"It's been a while since I've been back, so I'm just excited, ready to get out there and play," said Dahl, who said his strength came back quickly after recovering from the illness.
This spring, a rusty Dahl began 0-for-15 but went 17-for-47 (.362) with five home runs, three doubles and a triple the rest of the way. Manager Bud Black said he wanted Dahl to get into the swing of playing regularly before bringing him back to the Majors.
"The at-bats have been really good, and I'm trying to carry that up here. And defensively, I feel like I made some good plays in Albuquerque," Dahl said.
Cuevas, 26, was a 21st-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2010 Draft. He came to the Rockies in the Dodgers' trade for relief pitcher Juan Nicasio in December 2014. Cuevas' breakthrough began last year at Albuquerque (.312-.353-.487 slugging) and continued early this year; he was hitting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games.
During Spring Training, Cuevas, a native of Camuy, Puerto Rico, brought attention to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria on his home island.
"It means the world to my family, it means the world to the island of Puerto Rico, and especially my city of Camuy," Cuevas said. "I think everybody is going to be watching today in my city, and I love 'em all. I feel the good vibes."
While Dahl is a left-handed hitter, Cuevas gives the roster a needed righty hitter; both callups were in the lineup Sunday as the Cubs started lefty Jose Quintana. Cuevas also gives the Rockies a righty bench bat alongside Pat Valaika on other days.
Gonzalez suffered the injury while making a 5-star catch in Wednesday's 10-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Although he is improving -- he took batting practice before Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Cubs, the need to bring in outfield reinforcements led to his DL placement.
"The thing that put us over the top was with Parra's suspension starting today and CarGo not 100 percent, we maybe would've been down to 23 players," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I mean, CarGo was available to pinch-hit and give us an at-bat, but we probably would have had to run for him. He isn't able to play defense the next couple days."
Gonzalez's DL placement is retroactive to Thursday.
Hoffman's status changed
The Rockies announced that they've rescinded the option to Triple-A Albuquerque for righty Jeff Hoffman, who is working his way back from right shoulder soreness suffered in Spring Training. Hoffman will stay at Albuquerque, but officially he's on the 10-day disabled list and on a Minor League rehab assignment. In Hoffman's last start, he retired the last 11 batters he faced.
Earth Day power
MLB celebrated Earth Day on Sunday. The Rockies are one of nine clubs that celebrate it all the time, since they use solar power at Coors Field.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.