Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL in elbow, could need surgery

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UPDATE: Ugh, just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for Dodgers fans.

The Dodgers announced following Monday’s game that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery is a possibility for the promising young right-hander.

9:08 PM: Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have placed rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

De La Rosa had the shortest start of his brief major league career Sunday against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on five hits over four innings.

Called up from the minors in May, the 21-year-old right-hander has a 3.71 ERA and 60/31 K/BB ratio over his first 60 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He is averaging 96.1 mph on his fastball this season, which leads all major-league starters.

The Dodgers aren’t going anywhere this season, so they naturally aren’t going to take any chances here. De La Rosa has already thrown 100 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors, only 9 2/3 innings short of his previous career-high set last season, so the Dodgers were likely planning to shut him down early even before the injury.

Giants tab Madison Bumgarner to start Opening Day

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants, to the shock of absolutely no one, have tabbed Madison Bumgarner to start on Opening Day, March 29 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. He’ll pitch opposite Clayton Kershaw.

This will be the fifth consecutive season in which Bumgarner has started on Opening Day for the Giants. His five total Opening Day starts is still way behind the club record held by Juan Marichal, who started 10 Opening Days, including six consecutively from 1964-69.

Bumgarner, 28, missed nearly two months in the first half last season due to a dirt bike accident. He still managed to have a great season, compiling a 3.32 ERA with a 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.