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 Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.