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Baseball Daily Dose

Dose: Dahl Goes Downhill

by Nathan Grimm

David Dahl can’t catch a break.

The right kind of break, anyway.

Dahl exited Sunday night’s game against the Dodgers after manager Bud Black said he felt something “something below abdomen near oblique” during a swing in the first inning.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Black said.

Injuries are nothing new to Dahl. A fractured foot cost him two-plus months last season, and in 2017 Dahl played in just 19 minor league games after suffering a stress reaction injury to a rib during spring training. A lacerated spleen sidelined him in 2015. The list is long.

What makes it difficult to swallow is how productive Dahl is when on the field. In between disabled list stints, the 25-year-old owns a .297/.344/.527 career line in the majors, with 25 homers and 10 steals in 149 games.

If the outfielder is forced to miss time, it will be the latest injury for one of the more snake bitten teams this year. The Rockies are already without infielders Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon just a few games into the year.

The club didn’t have an update on Dahl’s condition immediately, but video of the swing shows Dahl grab his side immediately after a swing in the first inning, and he left shortly after. A stay on the injured list is a distinct possibility at this point.

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Kershaw (Shoulder) Nearing 2019 Debut

Clayton Kershaw is trending toward making his season debut this week.

The southpaw threw a bullpen session Saturday and will likely make another rehab start Tuesday ahead of possibly being activated for a start with the Dodgers on Sunday. The Dodgers host the Brewers this weekend.

“It was a good first step,” Kershaw said after his last rehab outing. “I made it through. I feel good about it. I think I feel healthy. I feel good.”

Kershaw, of course, hasn’t pitched at all this year after shoulder discomfort set his timetable back this spring.

The shoulder issue is new, but Kershaw’s past few seasons have not been devoid of missed time. The 31-year-old hasn’t made more than 27 starts or thrown more than 175 innings in a season since 2015.

Even if Kershaw is feeling good, he basically missed spring training and has had just one rehab start in which to build up his stamina. A lesser opponent might offer a softer landing spot for his first start, but the Brewers boast a potent offense that’s tough for any pitcher. Even if Kershaw does return for Sunday’s game, it might be best to sit this one out if the veteran is on your fantasy squad.

 

Thrice Is Nice For Sanchez

Gary Sanchez would like to let you know it’s no longer 2018.

The backstop, who scuffled through a 2018 season in which he batted a scant .186/.291/.406 in 89 games, had one of the biggest offensive days of his major league career Sunday, bashing three homers and driving in six runs in a 15-3 win over the Orioles. Each of Sanchez’s homers was a two-run shot.

Sanchez now has six homers through his first eight games, one-third of the way to last year’s total, and he’s hitting .250 with a 1.146 OPS. It was a good day for catchers who had bad seasons last year, as Willson Contreras also homered, his third of the young season.

The believers in a bounce back from the 26-year-old have been rewarded handsomely thus far.

 

National League Quick Hits: Cody Bellinger clobbered his seventh home run of the season on Sunday night, finishing the night 3-for-4 with three runs scored. He's off to an absolutely ridiculous start to the season, slashing .455/.489/1.023 with seven homers, 18 RBI and one stolen base … Adam Wainwright struck out nine while allowing one run over six innings in a win over the Padres on Sunday. Wainwright was feeling it against the Padres, scattering five hits without issuing a walk and fanning nine, tied for his highest single-game mark since May 25, 2014, amazingly … Jordan Hicks pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three, to earn his first save of the season Sunday against the Padres. Hicks was knocked around by the Brewers in his second appearance of the year but he's otherwise been spotless, and appears the clear favorite to save games with Alex Reyes at Triple-A and Andrew Miller struggling. If he's available in your league, he shouldn't be … Josh Hader threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday against the Cubs, striking out three, to earn his fifth save of the season. When Corey Knebel went down and with Jeremy Jeffress still out, the question was: would the Brewers remove Hader from his ultra-valuable, high-leverage relief role to have him save games instead? As it turns out, the Brewers got them a man who can do both, as two of Hader's five saves have been more than an inning after Sunday's dominance. He's allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 13 in 7 2/3 inning of work, and still hasn't allowed a run. Simply put, Hader is the league's best reliever at the moment, and a powerful weapon for the Brewers to deploy in any scenario.

 

American League Quick Hits: Mike Clevinger was lifted from Sunday's start against the Blue Jays because of upper back tightness. Clevinger was cruising, having allowed just one hit and one double while punching out 10 batters through his five frames, but unfortunately a balky back ended his day prematurely. It's unclear at this point whether it might cost him a start, but Clevinger expressed optimism after the game that he’ll be good to go … Mike Trout homered for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday, helping to power the Angels to a victory over the visiting Rangers. After not hitting any home runs through his first six games of the season, Trout has now clobbered five long balls in his last four contests. He's off to perhaps the best start of his career, slashing .393/.581/1.000 with five homers, 12 RBI and one stolen base through 10 games. The sky remains the limit for the best player in baseball … Tim Beckham was removed from Sunday's game against the White Sox due to hamstring tightness. Prior to departing, Beckham had been 0-for-1 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. He's off to an incredible start to the season, slashing .400/.489/.825 with four homers, 13 runs scored and 11 RBI in his first 11 games … Yandy Diaz hit a leadoff home run and stole a base in Sunday's victory over the Giants. Don't look now, but the yoked 27-year-old has three homers in 33 at-bats after launching just one in his first 88 career games in the majors. If this is a real launch angle improvement, as some hoped after he was dealt from the Indians to the Rays this winter, it could be the beginning of a huge year for Diaz in Tampa … Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, including the game-winning walk-off walk in the ninth, to help the Astros outlast the Athletics on Sunday. Sure, Altuve reached base five times including knocking three singles, and yeah, he scored two runs of his own as well, but it was shrimp time in the ninth inning that grabbed headlines after usually lights-out closer Blake Treinen issued his fourth walk of the game to Altuve to force in the winning run. After a relatively quiet start, the diminutive second baseman has heated up in recent days with three multi-hit games in his last four contests. The hot stretch has his line up to .282/.349/.410, numbers sure to continue to rise as Altuve continues to find his stroke … Rangers placed 1B Ronald Guzman on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Guzman suffered the injury while legging out a double on Saturday. It's unclear at this point how long he will be sidelined, but hamstring ailment almost always result in longer than minimum stays on the IL. Patrick Wisdom has replaced Guzman on the roster and should see some starts at first base. Joey Gallo also figures to play some first … Daniel Vogelbach went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and six RBI to lead the Mariners to a blowout win over the White Sox on Sunday. The 26-year-old on-base machine owns an extensive track record of success in the upper minors, but has never put it together at the major-league level. He's been locked-in at the plate so far this season, slashing a sublime .467/.579/1.400 with four homers and eight RBI in six games. He's worthy of a speculative pick-up in all fantasy leagues … CC Sabathia (heart) is on track to rejoin the Yankees' rotation next weekend during their April 12-14 series against the White Sox. Sabathia will make a rehab start with High-A Tampa on Sunday and it's expected to be the only one he needs. Jonathan Loaisiga figures to be sent back to the minors when the big left-hander returns … Clint Frazier went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two-run home run and four total RBI in Sunday's demolition of the Orioles. Frazier had himself a moment in the sun on Saturday, whacking a go-ahead pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning. He kept it going and then some in the series finale, launching a solo dinger to center in the second inning and picking up an RBI single in the sixth before capping off his big day with two-run tater in the ninth inning. Frazier has always had power, but this is the first time we've seen it in such a concentrated span at the big league level. He is no sure bet for playing time moving forward, but makes for an intriguing fantasy flier in deeper formats given this sudden eruption of offense … Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Sunday that Miguel Sano (heel) could begin a rehab assignment "maybe within a week." Sano has advanced from the conditioning stage of his rehab from a right heel laceration and has resumed baseball activities. The third baseman didn't have a spring training, so he'll need a fairly lengthy rehab assignment. Sano is not expected to return until May.

Nathan Grimm
Nathan Grimm is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter (@Nate_Grimm).