David Dahl remains sidelined by the aftermath of fouling a pitch off his left ankle in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Giants. Dahl was initially in the Rockies lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees in New York, but was a late scratch. Garrett Hampson took his place in left field, and was inserted into the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Dahl is hitting .303 with 13 home runs, and after splitting time in the lineup early in the season, he has become a regular, who has played all three outfield positions. He has made a strong enough impression that the players, managers and coaches voted Dahl to the NL All-Star Team earlier this month.
Did You Know. . .
-- In addition to second baseman DJ LeMahieu and reliever Adam Ottovino, who signed off-season free-agent deals with the Yankees, the Rockies bench coach is Cherry Creek High grad Josh Bard, who was a 35th-round draft choice of the Rockies out of high school in 1996 but did not sign. The Rockies selected him again, in the third round in 1999 when he came out of Texas Tech, and signed him that time. Yankee third base coach Phil Nevin's son Tyler is with the Rockies Double-A Hartford affiliate.
-- The Rockies are 7-6 against American League teams this season, winning two of five games on the road. . . The Rockies are 30-23 in Interleague play since the 2017 season, the fifth-best winning percentage in the National League. . . Nolan Arenado leads all players with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in Interleague play since the 2016 season. . . Kyle Freeland, who starts Friday, and German Marquez, who starts Sunday, are 12-2 in Interleague play.
--Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado have tied former A's Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada (2000-03) for most consecutive seasons of 20 or more home runs each for a third base/shortstop duo.
-- Bard played two seasons (2007-2008) for the San Diego Padres under Manager Bud Black. Bard was the starting catcher in Black’s first game as a big league manager, April 3, 2007, a 7-0 San Diego victory pitched by Jake Peavy at San Francisco. Bard went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.