UPDATE: Rockies first-rounder David Dahl gets stripped of roster spot

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Update: Dahl explained the reasons for his getting bumped in a couple of tweets Sunday:

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David Dahl, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of an Alabama high school, was removed from low Single-A Asheville’s roster after one game for what seems to be disciplinary reasons.

“He made some decisions that made us reconsider where he should begin the season. It had nothing to do with his play in Asheville,” Rockies senior director of player development Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post’s Troy Renck.

Dahl has now been assigned to extended spring training until further notice. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his lone game in the Sally League.

The Rockies have high hopes for the 19-year-old Dahl after he hit .379/.423/.625 with nine homers and 57 RBI in 280 AB for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his pro debut last year. However, given that they emphasize clean living probably more than any other major league team, Dahl needs to be careful not to get a rep as a problem child.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.