Jorge De La Rosa’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery hit a snag over the weekend when he left a minor-league rehab start at Double-A with forearm tightness.
It was the third of six total scheduled rehab outings, but De La Rosa lasted just 28 pitches and allowed four runs before exiting with a trainer at his side.
Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told Thomas Harding of MLB.com that the tightness isn’t directly related to the surgery and “you expect these types of bumps coming through rehab … it’s just a little inflammation, a little tightness, especially when you start upping the intensity and going against higher-level teams.”
Hopefully he’s right, because De La Rosa was aiming to come off the disabled list in early June and the Rockies’ struggling rotation can certainly use some help. Prior to being shut down last season De La Rosa started 10 games with a 3.51 ERA and 52/22 K/BB ratio in 59 innings and he’s making $10 million this season as part of a two-year, $21.5 million deal signed last winter.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.