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Rockies' David Dahl's Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Sprain After Getting Carted off

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2019

DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 02: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is carted off the field after being injured in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl has been placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a high ankle sprain in his right ankle during Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Dahl had to be carted off the field in the top of the sixth inning after suffering the injury, which occurred as he attempted to stop his momentum after slightly overrunning a fly ball.

X-rays taken Friday night came back negative, per MLB.com's Jenny Cavnar, but Harding reported an MRI performed Saturday confirmed a sprain.

Colorado manager Bud Black noted on Friday that it appeared as though Dahl had been lucky the injury wasn't more serious, per ESPN News Services:

"Anytime a guy goes down and it looks bad, I think there's a sickening feeling amongst all of us. You hate to see those things happen to your own, and David has been so instrumental in the middle of our order, playing good defense. You just hate to see that happen ... but it could have been worse."

It's just the latest tough luck for Dahl on the injury front. He missed the entire 2017 campaign with a stress reaction in his ribs, and he missed more than two months last year with a broken right foot.

The 25-year-old was in the midst of his finest season to date, hitting .302/.353/.524 with 15 home runs, 28 doubles, five triples and 61 RBI in 100 games. He had been hitting especially well at hitter-friendly Coors Field this year, slashing .349/.402/.598 with an OPS of 1.000 in 52 home games.

That overall performance led to his first All-Star selection.

Losing Dahl will be a tough blow for the Rockies. Dahl had made at least one appearance in every spot in the lineup, though he spent the majority of the time in the heart of the order. Meanwhile, his versatility had allowed the team to use him where needed, as he had made 24-plus appearances in each of the three outfield spots this season.

Colorado (51-59) is currently 7.5 games back in the National League wild-card race.