We learned late last night that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. Unfortunately the injury will require the worst case scenario.
The Dodgers just announced that De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure that will likely keep him sidelined through most, if not all, of the 2012 season.
De La Rosa, 22, began this season as a starter with Double-A Chattanooga, but was promoted in late-May to pitch out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He made just three relief appearances before joining the starting rotation in the first week of July. Who knows if moving the young right-hander from the rotation to the bullpen and back during the same season had any impact on his elbow, but it’s at least something to ponder.
Either way, this is very unfortunate news. De La Rosa has been a real treat to watch in what has been a dismal season for the Dodgers.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”