According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Rockies prospect outfielder David Dahl required surgery on his spleen today following an outfield collision in a game with Double-A New Britain. The 21-year-old will miss the rest of the season.
Dahl collided with second baseman Juan Ciriaco when they converged on a fly ball in shallow center field. You can watch the play here.
Dahl’s father, Mike Dahl, was in attendance for the game and rode with his son in the ambulance. He told the Mobile Press-Register earlier in the day that doctors were “trying to save the spleen.” Surgery on the “massive laceration” was successful, but Passan notes that Dahl will likely have to wear some sort of protective gear for the rest of his career.
Dahl was selected 10th overall by the Rockies in 2012. After being limited to just 10 games in 2013 due to a suspension for disciplinary reasons and a torn hamstring, he enjoyed a breakout season last year and was ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the game by Baseball America this spring. Dahl was batting .269/.296/.379 line with three home runs, 16 RBI, and 14 stolen bases through his first 44 games in Double-A this season. Here’s hoping things get back to normal for him soon.
Josh Hamilton joined the Rangers on Monday, but tonight is his first game back in Texas since his return. Check out the rousing reception he got at Globe Life Park before hitting a double off Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez:
There was some bitterness after Hamilton left Texas for a five-year, $125 million contract with the division rival Angels in December of 2012, but seeing him back with the Rangers just feels right, doesn’t it? That was a really cool moment.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was cut loose by the Marlins earlier this month after proving to be a disappointment in his three-year, $21 million contract, but he quickly latched on with the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal and Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be called up from Triple-A Reno tomorrow.
The news comes just one day after starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch jammed his left knee. It’s probably safe to say that he’s headed to the disabled list.
Saltalamacchia had just two hits over his first 29 at-bats this season prior to being released and owns a lowly .661 OPS in 123 games dating back to the start of last season. Some fans clamored for prospect Peter O’Brien to get the call-up instead, but he had issues throwing this spring and there are questions about his ability to stick behind the plate.
Good news here for the Athletics, as Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that an MRI on Scott Kazmir’s left shoulder showed no structural damage.
Kazmir left his start yesterday against the Tigers after three innings with shoulder tightness. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he’ll likely have his next start skipped, but the plan calls for him to meet with team doctors before a decision is made about a possible stint on the disabled list. Still, it sounds like things could have been much worse.
Kazmir, 31, has posted a 2.93 ERA and 57/25 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings through 10 starts this season. He could be a useful trade chip for Oakland if he can get back to full health and remain effective.
Masahiro Tanaka’s status was in question after he struggled in his second minor league rehab start, but he’s suddenly expected to rejoin the Yankees next week.
Tanaka has been sidelined since April 23 due to a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis. After tossing three scoreless innings in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre last Thursday, he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over three innings in his second rehab start yesterday.
Tanaka will fly out west tonight to meet up with the team before an official decision is made, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that he’ll likely be activated to start next Tuesday or Wednesday against the Mariners in Seattle. He only got stretched out to 61 pitches yesterday, so the expectation is that he’ll be limited to around 80 pitches for his first start back.
Amid constant speculation about the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Tanaka posted a 3.22 ERA with 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 22 1/3 innings over his first four starts this season prior to being placed on the disabled list. Those questions likely aren’t going away.