Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been out of commission since April 25 due to a torn tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. He had been aiming to return to the Colorado starting rotation next week, but the left-hander may be stuck on his rehab assignment for a little while longer.
Making what was supposed to be his final rehab start Saturday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, De La Rosa allowed eight runs — seven earned — over 4 1/3 innings, according to Thomas Harding and Joey Nowak of MLB.com. He surrendered 10 hits, five of which went for extra bases.
The Rox could throw out the results and activate him this week anyway, but they do have options. Jhoulys Chacin is supposed to get the boot when De La Rosa returns from the disabled list, but the 22-year-old has posted a 3.59 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 72.2 innings this season. Would it hurt to stick with him for one week longer while De La Rosa builds some confidence against lesser competition?
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.
It’s been on the verge of happening for a few days now, but now it’s official: the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have reached a one-year deal with a mutual option. The deal is pending physical. An announcement making the deal official is expected later in week.
The exact financial figures have not been disclosed, but Jon Heyman reports that it will be in excess of the $17.2 million Bautista turned down when he turned down the Jays’ qualifying offer.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.