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Dodger rookie to undergo Tommy John surgery

Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:58 pm
Rubby De La RosaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the few bright spots for the Dodgers this season was the emergence of rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, a fireballing starter who was 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. So, in the spirit of 2011 for the Dodgers, there's bad news -- De La Rosa will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.

De La Rosa threw 103 pitches in four innings of Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks and complained of a sharp pain in his elbow. An MRI on Monday revealed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced on Tuesday. 

De La Rosa told the Los Angeles Times he was scared about undergoing surgery.

"Yeah, a little bit," he told the paper. "I've never been operated on."

The good news is that most pitchers can return to form after Tommy John surgery, the bad news is that it takes on average a year to return and longer to regain their pre-surgery form. Luckily, at 22, De La Rosa has time -- and it's not like the Dodgers are going anywhere.

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Dodger rookie to undergo Tommy John surgery

A must add to this post is that one of the spectacular lows of the Dodgers season on the field would be the demise of Rubby De La Rosa.  Another young prospect has thrown his arm out.  Is there another way to explain this kid needing Tommy John surgery?  You know this kid is throwing to impress, he is in the Big Leagues. 

So how much can an arm take throwing 103 pitches in 4 innings?  We see this in High Schools where kids are throwing hard so they get notice or they are throwing specialty pitches incorrectly.  Won't question the training staff because even if they did all they can do, the new kids on the block will give it all they have.  Let's hope this kid comes back from a successful rehab and blows us away.

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