They Are Back: Dahl, McMahon Come Off IL and Go Directly Into Rockies Lineup
The healing process has begun for the Rockies.
A team that four days ago had seven players originally projected to be on the Opening Day roster, the Rockies took the first step in revamping the roster on Monday with the activation of right-hander Antonio Senzatela (infection right heel), who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings of a 5-2 victory at San Diego.
On Thursday, they activated David Dahl (core injury) and Ryan McMahon (left elbow sprain), and slotted both in the lineup. Dahl, who has a team-best .343 average, hit second and played left field, and McMahon was at first base, hitting fifth.
Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) followed up pitching in a game in extended spring training on Monday by throwing a bullpen session, adding to the expectation that he will return to the active roster and start in Monday’s series opener against the Nationals.
The focus immediately was on the return of the left-handed bats of Dahl and McMahon and an anticipated boost for an offense that went into Thursday ranked 13th in the NL with a .210 batting average and last in runs scored with an average 3.3 per game.
“With both those guys, I think they are ready to be contributors,” said manager Bud Black. “That’s our hope. We talked about them lengthening the lineup. I think those guys will help Nolan (Arenado). They will help Trevor (Story). They will help Charlie (Blackmon). I think they are ready for the challenge this season.”
To make room for Dahl and McMahon, the Rockies optioned Yonathan Daza and Josh Fuentes back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Daza, who made his MLB debut April 9 against Atlanta, was 0-for-11 with a walk and four strikeouts in two brief big-league stints with the Rockies this year. He originally was optioned to the Isotopes on April 15, but recalled the following day when Noel Cuevas, who had been called up in place of Daza, suffered a left squad game in his first game after the call up.
Fuentes, Arenado’s cousin, picked up his first big-league hit in his first at-bat, delivering a pinch-hit single off Dodger pitcher Yimi Garcia on April 6, less than 12 hours after being called on the phone in Albuquerque and told to report. He appeared in nine games with the Rockies, making four starts, but was 2-for-18 in his first big-league callup.