De La Rosa to make rehab start in Grand Junction

The Grand Junction Rockies will shuffle their pitching rotation this week, for good reason.

Jorge De La Rosa is being sent across the mountains for a rehabilitation start Wednesday, barring an unexpected setback before then, the Colorado Rockies announced Sunday morning and confirmed with The Daily Sentinel on Sunday afternoon.

De La Rosa, who had “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow in June, 2011, has progressed to the point of being ready to throw in a game as he works his way back to the major leagues.

He threw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday against live hitting at Coors Field and had no setbacks, the Rockies reported on their website.

The Grand Junction Rockies have not been notified of De La Rosa’s appearance, manager Tony Diaz said after Sunday’s game.

The Rookie club usually is notified 24 hours before the rehab assignment.

“We were just told maybe,” Diaz said.

Pitcher Ryan Warner was excited to hear about another big-leaguer coming to town.

Todd Helton played two games in Grand Junction earlier this season before eventually having season-ending hip surgery.

“Is that right? Maybe try to get a little advice from him,” Warner said. “The more help we can get the better. Get us another win before the playoffs.”

De La Rosa has had two rehab assignments scrubbed this season because of elbow soreness and forearm tightness.

Wednesday is Johendi Jiminian’s scheduled start. Diaz said Jiminian could pitch in releif of De La Rosa, but won’t decide until he knows for sure De La Rosa will be in the lineup.

The Rockies’ lefty joined the club in 2008 from Kansas City. He went 16-9 in 32 starts in 2009, the third-most wins in the National League that season.

He was 5-2 in 2011 when he injured his left elbow, requiring reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament.


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