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Jorge De La Rosa tears UCL, done for season

Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 5:29 pm
By Evan Brunell
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Jorge De La Rosa left Tuesday's game with an apparent elbow injury. Later Tuesday night, the Rockies and De La Rosa learned the unfortunate truth: He completely tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, as the official Rockies Twitter feed revealed. And now we learn that De La Rosa will miss the entire season and probably most of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Denver Post reports that De La Rosa will have the procedure soon. There is minimal swelling around the elbow, which will allow for a quick surgery date. Making this injury all the more surprising is that the lefty had never had a shoulder or elbow injury before.

“Wow -- I just feel so badly for him and the organization," agent Paul Cohen told the Post. "There was nothing anybody could do about it. It’s just one of those things that happens."

The Rockies will now have to do without a pitcher who had been their ace in the early going, posting a 5-2 record and 3.51 ERA while Ubaldo Jimenez was struggling. To replace De La Rosa in the rotation, Greg Reynolds will make a start on Saturday, with Jhoulys Chacin moving up a night to Sunday. That frees Aaron Cook -- whom Matt Snyder wrote must perform for Colorado in light of the injury -- to start on Monday.

Here's how De La Rosa's injury happened: On Tuesday, with the Diamondbacks' Chris Young at bat on a 1-0 count, De La Rosa tossed an 82-mph breaking pitch that was grounded foul. De La Rosa shouted something to the catcher after the pitch while on the mound, but it appeared as if play would continue. A sign was put down, Chris Young asked for time, then stepped back in, but then he stepped back out when manager Jim Tracy and a trainer headed to the mound. De La Rosa's reaction consisted of a four-letter word, then assuring catcher Chris Iannetta he was all right.

Apparently not. De La Rosa threw a pitch to see if his discomfort had disappated and grimaced. That caused manager Jim Tracy to speak to De La Rosa and convince him to come out of the game.

Before departing, the lefty tossed 52 pitches, 28 for strikes. In 59 innings this season, he has a 5-2 record, with a 3.51 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Reynolds replaced De La Rosa in the game.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:40 am

Jorge De La Rosa tears UCL, done for season

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Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:00 pm

Jorge De La Rosa tears UCL, done for season

Too bad. He was coming into his own. Hopefully he can make a comeback from the TJ. Good luck!

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