Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl remains “a ways away” from returning from the stress reaction in his rib that’s sidelined him for the start of the season.
“He’s still not able to (show) 100 percent exertion on that swing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said in a radio appearance with MLB Network Tuesday morning.
The announcement that Dahl was diagnosed with the stress reaction injury came March 6 as Colorado was going through Cactus League play in Arizona. Dahl, who was looking to build off a stellar rookie season in which he batted .315 with 70 hits in 63 games, was competing for the starting job in left field.
Black said that when Dahl does return, he’ll be added to the mix in the outfield. The Rockies already have four players fighting for starts there.
Ian Desmond returned from a fractured finger and started in left field Sunday. Gerardo Parra has started 16 games for Colorado in left field this season, and he’s played well. Parra is batting .284 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Charlie Blackmon is in center, and Carlos Gonzalez is in right field.
Black added that shortstop Trevor Story’s job is not in jeopardy despite a rough start to 2017 for the second-year player. Story is batting .178 with 39 strikeouts in 103 plate appearances.
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