Dahl, Cuevas Join Rockies; Parra starts suspension, Cargo DL
With Carlos Gonzalez still slowed by a right hamstring strain, and Gerardo Parra beginning to serve his four-game suspension stemming from his part in the bench-clearing against the Padres, the Rockies needed reinforcements.
Outfielders David Dahl and Juan Cuevas were recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Albuquerque, and put in the starting lineup against Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana.
The Rockies also sent outfielder Michael Tauchman to Triple-A.
The Rockies had hoped Gonzalez could be ready to play before Parra had to serve his suspension, but with Gonzalez still limited to possible pinch-hit duty, with the need for a pinch-runner if he reached base, the Rockies couldn't afford to wait any longer. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday, which means he can be activated as soon as next Sunday in Miami.
Parra will miss Sunday's game and the upcoming three-game series against the Padres, but will return to the active roster in Miami next weekend.
Cuevas gives the Rockies a much-needed right-handed bat. He made an impression with a strong effort in spring training, and reinforced it by getting off to a strong start at Albuquerque, where he hit .336 with three doubles, three triples, two home runs 13 RBI.
Acquired from the Dodgers as the player-to-be-named later for pitcher Juan Nicasio in December of 2014, Cuevas made an impression on manager Bud Black the past two springs.
"I saw a skill set that should play at the big league level," said Black. "He can run, and defend. He has pop in his bat. He can throw. ... He is a right-handed bat, which helps us."
Pat Valaika has been the only right-handed-hitting extra-man on the roster of the Rockies, who regularly start three left-handed hitters in the outfield with Parra, Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon.
Dahl was the Rockies first-round draft choice in 2012, and made an impact when he was called up in the final two months of 2016. He hit .315 with 42 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 24 RBI.
A year ago, however, he was sidelined with a stress reaction his rib cage area. He attempted to come back in July, but after 19 games at the minor-league level he was shutdown on July 29, and did not pick up a bat again until mid-January.
"I expect him to play his game," said Bell, "good at-bats, good defense. He has the run tool and the power tool. We want to see them develop."
More than what he can do physically, Bellpointed out "his maturity level the last 18 months will help him become a big-league player. He has that confidence he can play."