Jorge De La Rosa diagnosed with torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow

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Awful news for the Rockies at this hour.

Jorge De La Rosa, who left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning, was diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Rockies are discussing the next step, but odds are he will need Tommy John surgery, which would sideline him until somewhere around the midpoint of the 2012 season.

De La Rosa tested free agency over the winter but re-signed with the Rockies for two years and $21.5 million with a club option for 2013. The 30-year-old southpaw was 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 52/22 K/BB ratio over his first 10 starts this season.

Aaron Cook’s pending return softens the blow at least a little bit, but now the Rockies will have to make due without the lone left-hander in their starting rotation.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.