DENVER -- Outfielder David Dahl was eager to leave for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday for the next step in rehabbing a foot injury. He's even more excited about returning to the Rockies.Dahl, returning from a broken right foot when he fouled a ball off it during a game against the
DENVER -- Outfielder David Dahl was eager to leave for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday for the next step in rehabbing a foot injury. He's even more excited about returning to the Rockies.
Dahl, returning from a broken right foot when he fouled a ball off it during a game against the Giants, will continue baseball activities until his injury rehab assignment begins. The plan is to start playing games next Friday, but Dahl said he could be playing sooner.
"I think I can play right now," said Dahl, who batted .275 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 32 games after his original callup from Albuquerque. "But I think if I can play, like, three straight nine-inning games, I'll be cleared to come back. It depends on how I'm feeling. I imagine before that, it'll be five innings, then seven innings -- a progression."
When previously with the club, Carlos Gonzalez was struggling through an early slump and Gerardo Parra missed time because of a suspension and was coming out of his own slow start. Dahl was heating up in his last seven games before the injury -- 7-for-20 with two homers, a double and six RBIs.
Now, Gonzalez and Parra are key components of a contending club. But Dahl plans to be ready to be an impact bat. The best case would be a repeat of 2016, when he debuted on July 25, tied a Major League record with hits in his first 17 games, and finished the year hitting .315 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 63 games.
"I try not to think about when I come up here, where I'll be playing," Dahl said. "Hopefully, I'll go back down there and pick up where I left off with my swing. I want to be back up here as quickly as possible and help the team. We're in a playoff race."
Musgrave to disabled list
Left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave was put on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip flexor strain on Saturday, after he pitched three innings against the Mariners and received his first Major League win.
Musgrave said the injury flared up during his last handful of pitches in the seventh inning and might have affected the two walks he gave up to Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.
"It wasn't too bad, but when the adrenaline goes away, you kind of start feeling it a little more," Musgrave said. "Then it lasted into last night and today, so the 10 days should be good rest."
With the All-Star break next week, Rockies manager Bud Black said Musgrave shouldn't miss more than the three-game series against the D-backs after the break.
Outside of the injury, Musgrave said his transition for starting in the Minors to relief work in the Majors has been smooth.
"A lot of starters take a while to get loose, but I've never had that issue, so throwing quickly to get loose is going fine," Musgrave said. "I hadn't been getting sore, so I've been throwing every few days. Other than this, it's been good physically. My body has felt fine."
To replace Musgrave, the Rockies called up left-hander Sam Howard, who was scheduled to make a start in Albuquerque on Saturday.
"I felt like we needed a few reinforcements for our bullpen because we have a few guys who might not be able to pitch today," Black said. "We might have them down, so let's bring Sammy up because he's fresh and ready to go. We've got length with Sam and Yency [Almonte]."
Wolters takes one to the neck
Catcher Tony Wolters received attention from assistant athletic trainer Scott Gehret on Friday after being hit by Denard Span's backswing during the Rockies' 10-7 victory. The incident sparked concern because Wolters has been on the disabled list twice with concussions since debuting in 2016. However, Wolters said Span's bat did not catch him flush in the back of the head, but rather glanced the head protector on the back of his hockey goalie-style mask and hit his neck.
Wolters has received the least playing time in the Rockies' current three-catcher mix (with Chris Iannetta and Tom Murphy), but his last three starts have been solid offensively -- 4-for-12 with three triples and six RBIs.
"Just trying to be on time, see the ball, keep a simple approach," Wolters said.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.
Anne Rogers also contributed to this report.