De La Rosa arriving late to camp due to visa issues

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Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico.

De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale, Arizona — not far from the Rockies’ new spring training complex — and he should have things cleared up with the authorities by the end of this week or sooner.

The left-hander inked a two-year, $21.5 million free agent contract with Colorado this winter after registering a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 across 20 starts in 2010. His new deal also carries an $11 million player option for 2013 and a potential $11 million club option for 2014.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.