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scotts­dale, ariz.» The wait­ing con­tin­ues for in­jured Rock­ies out­fielder David Dahl.

Though re­sults from Fri­day’s MRI showed some heal­ing to his in­jured right-side rib, Dahl still isn’t ready for base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties. He will have an­other MRI in about 10 days to mea­sure his progress.

“The bone is heal­ing, which is a great sign,” man­ager Bud Black said Mon­day. “It’s not to­tally healed, and there is no ac­tiv­ity yet for David, as far as base­ball ac­tiv­ity. But he is go­ing to con­tinue to do his work in the train­ing room and work out his legs. But up­per body, as far as work­outs go, is still at least 10 days away.”

Dahl ar­rived at spring train­ing as the fa­vorite to win the start­ing job in left field and build off an ex­cel­lent rookie sea­son for the Rock­ies, but he was di­ag­nosed with a stress re­ac­tion of his sixth rib early in camp. Dahl, the 10th player se­lected in the 2012 draft, hit .315 with seven homers in 63 games last sea­son, his first in the ma­jors. He has played in just two Cac­tus League games this spring.

Mar­quez up­date.

Ger­man Mar­quez, one of four young pitch­ers vy­ing for two open spots in the ro­ta­tion, flashed a ma­jor-league curve­ball in an im­pres­sive back­field game against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants’ Triple-A lineup.

Mar­quez, 22, did not al­low a hit through four in­nings be­fore fin­ish­ing five in­nings with 69 pitches, in­clud­ing two hits, no runs, six strike­outs and two walks. He struck out three bat­ters with a curve­ball and an­other with a slider.

“My con­fi­dence is re­turn­ing with my out pitch,” he said. “The last few out­ings, it was a lit­tle bit lost. Some­times you need to keep work­ing and fig­ure it out.”

Rusin re­port.

Chris Rusin, out since March 3 be­cause of a sore right oblique, is mak­ing steady progress to­ward his re­turn. Rusin, 30, pitched his first bullpen ses­sion Mon­day. Rusin, whom the Rock­ies have pen­ciled in as a fifth starter or long re­liever, won’t be ready to start games by the sea­son opener at Mil­wau­kee on April 3, but he might be ready for bullpen work.


Chad Qualls, who hasn’t pitched since March 1 be­cause of sore­ness in his right fore­arm, threw for the first time Mon­day, though it was not a bullpen ses­sion. … Jairo Diaz pitched in his first game since miss­ing all of 2016 af­ter Tommy John surgery. He re­tired the first two hit­ters he faced be­fore giv­ing up five runs on five hits and a walk in the eighth. His fast­ball hit 98.8 mph, but he was rusty and had trou­ble com­mand­ing his changeup and slider.

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