Rockies’ De La Rosa headed for Tommy John surgery
The season is over for Colorado Rockies starter, who suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. De La Rosa is likely to miss the rest of this season and part of next with Tommy John surgery.
De La Rosa, who signed a two-year, $21.5 million contract with the Rockies in the offseason, was 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 starts this season for the Rockies. The deal also included a player option for 2013, which if exercised, gives the club on option for 2014.
Withalready scheduled to start Saturday because of Tuesday’s double-header and a day off scheduled for June 2, the Rockies will not need a starter for De La Rosa’s spot until June 7. However, is eligible to return from the disabled list next week and is likely to slide in to De La Rosa’s spot.
or Greg Reynolds will likely occupy the fifth spot for the foreseeable future, but other candidates as the season goes on include , who is currently on the disabled list; , who is out with shoulder inflammation at Triple-A Colorado Springs; , one of the Rockies’ top pitching prospects who is 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA at Double-A Tulsa; and , a former first-round pick who is 3-3 with 4.95 ERA at Tulsa and has pitched well of late.
Reynolds relieved De La Rosa on Tuesday and is now unavailable as a reliever as he stays on schedule for his Saturday start. The Rockies will likely call up a reliever to take De La Rosa’s roster spot. Left-handeris expected to earn a call soon and would be the most likely candidate.