Outfielder Max White has watched enough baseball in the past month to last him for a long while.
The Colorado Rockies’ second-round draft pick in 2012 spent the past month nursing a strained hip flexor, earning him a seat in the dugout. But the Rockies added him to Boise’s roster Friday as two of their top farm hands rehab with the Hawks.
Center fielder David Dahl — the top-ranked prospect in the Rockies’ organization and No. 27 in the minors by Baseball America’s midseason rankings — joined Boise on Monday and played his third game with the Hawks on Friday, going 0-for-5 to make him 1-for-11 in Boise.
“It’s just going to feel good to get back in the game,” said White, who plans to play his first game Wednesday at Salem-Keizer. “I’ve been out for a month. It’ll feel good to get back out playing. And then the main goal is to get back healthy, get back to where I was, and go from there.”
White tore up the Low-A South Atlantic League this spring, hitting .320 with 18 stolen bases through 31 games. But his final stolen base cost him as he popped up at second base and looked to third when a throw scooted into center field. The jerk caused a Grade 2 strain of his hip flexor.
He spent the past month stretching and rehabbing the muscle. The last hurdle for the 21-year-old, whom Baseball America declared the best baserunner in the Rockies’ organization in 2014, is running the bases.
Dahl’s injury was more severe. He collided with his Double-A team’s second baseman while chasing a pop fly May 28, lacerating his spleen. After surgery to remove the organ, he played his first game with Boise on Monday in Spokane.
Dahl declined an interview.
Hawks manager Frank Gonzales said having players on rehab assignments from higher levels provides an extra lesson for players with the Hawks all season. Dahl and White, both 21, were teammates of several Hawks in the past and remain the same age as most of the Boise roster.
But Gonzales said their habits show what it takes to advance in the minors.
“David Dahl is one of, if not the, top prospect in the organization,” Gonzales said. “When you watch him go about his daily routine and how he goes and works during practice, during his BP rounds and how he plays the game and runs, it sticks out.”
White remembers playing alongside big leaguers Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer as they rehabbed in the minors. He noticed their habits and said it’s a lesson he’s never forgotten, especially as he contemplated his own rehab.
“You could tell they were there with their set routines,” White said. “What they were doing and how they went about their business and everything was just something for a younger guy to look up to. It kind of opens your eyes on how it really is.”
HAWKS RALLY PAST EVERETT IN EIGHTH
Boise erased a three-run deficit in the sixth inning to tie the game, and then left fielder Marcos Derkes lifted a two-out, two-run double to deep right field in the eighth inning to boost the Hawks to an 8-6 victory over the AquaSox on Friday.
The Hawks (8-15) host Everett (14-9) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at Memorial Stadium.
Hawks 8, AquaSox 6
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|Calderon, Y, DH||4||1||2||1||0||0||.195|
|Herrera, C, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||.259|
|Marte, H, C||3||1||1||2||0||1||.319|
|Castro, L, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||.222|
|Jimenez, W, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||.344|
E—Hale, Uhl. DP—Everett 2. LOB—Everett 5, Boise 5. 2B—Cowan, Uhl, Calderon; Padlo, W.Jimenez, Derkes. HR—H.Marte. SAC—Cowan, Bishop, Nieto. SF—Simpson; H.Marte. SB—Padlo 2, Toole, C.Herrea 2. CS—Toole. PO—Cowan; L.Castro.
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WP—J.Santiago 2. HBP—Nieto (by McCormick). T—2:46. A—2,919.