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.