Rosario expected to make full recovery from injury
Double-A catcher, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, will be able to return to the most physically demanding position in the game and catch without any loss of effectiveness or durability, Colorado Rockies player development Marc Gustafson said.
“We’re not concerned about that at all, because there was no cartilage damage to the knee,” Gustafson said. “There was a just a complete tear of the ACL. No other ligaments or cartilage were involved. He’ll be back, and there’s no doubt in our mind if he puts in the work, which we know he will for the rehab, he’ll keep the leg strong and he’ll be back behind the plate.”
Rosario is expected to be out eight months, which means he will get a late start on his 2011 season. He was injured Tuesday during a rundown play. He was chasing a runner back to second base, made a throw and when the runner went past him to try to get to third, Rosario’s knee buckled as he moved out of the way.
At the time of his injury, Rosario, 21, was riding a wave. He had played for the World team in the Futures Game last month and had been named the Texas League Player of the Month for July. Overall this season, Rosario hit .285 with 19 homers and 52 RBI in 73 games. That total includes 19 games in July when Rosario hit nine homers, drove in 25 runs and had a .743 slugging percentage.
“No words can describe the disappointment and how bad we feel for Wilin, because of what a tremendous person (he is) first of all and what a great year he was putting together,” Gustafson said. “Really coming into his own in terms of the (Double-A) level, the type of play, the consistency. I mean, everything that you’re looking for, he was taking care of it. Can’t really describe how tough of a situation that was for him and is going to be for him. But those anterior cruciate repairs are very successful, and he’ll be back. ”