Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl left today’s game vs the Altoona Curve after a collision with second baseman Juan Ciriaco. Dahl was kneed in the face during the collision, giving him what has now been confirmed as a concussion along with a rib injury and a possibly ruptured spleen. According to Dahl’s father, David has no broken bones after having undergone multiple tests to see what injuries were sustained in the incident.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan was first with the news on the incident and David’s status. When Dahl underwent a CT-scan, doctors found bleeding in his spleen and rushed him directly to surgery.
During the operation, David’s father, Mike was doing an over the phone interview with Mark Inabinett of AL.com who he told that doctors were mainly focused on saving his spleen at the time which had been severely lacerated.
David was taken into surgery at 3:15pm CDT, according to his father. Not only had Dahl been hit in the spleen, he also got in the face, the nose, and many more places, which only caused more worries than there already were at the time. Prior to being taken in for surgery, Mike says that David didn’t know know much about what had happened to him.
David’s father was attending the game in New Britain, Conn., when he watched the horrific event. During the interview, Mike told Mark that he rode in the ambulance with his son to the hospital so he could get updated on his son’s condition. According to purplerow.com, 2B Juan Ciriaco did not suffer any injuries, allowing him to stay in the game which was won by New Britain by a final score of 9-5.
In games this season at Double-A, David owns a .263/.190/.374 line alongside 3 home runs, 16 RBI’s, and 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts. Other than this tragic injury, David has only missed 10 games while having dealt with a torn hamstring in 2013.
Dahl was selected 10th by the Rockies out of Oak Mountain High School, located in suburban Birmingham in the 2012 first-year player draft. Earlier this year, Baseball America rated David as the top prospect in the Colorado Rockies system.