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?
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.