Rockies' De La Rosa shelled in final rehab start

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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?

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.