The Rockies were hoping to have Jorge De La Rosa back from Tommy John surgery next month, but that won’t happen now that he has experienced a setback.
According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, De La Rosa has been pulled from his rehab assignment due to left forearm tightness. De La Rosa left a rehab outing with Double-A Tulsa last Saturday with forearm tightness, but he was able to toss four innings in his most recent start on Thursday. However, it’s clear the team didn’t think he would be ready by the original target date.
The plan now calls for De La Rosa to be placed on the disabled list with the new injury, after which he’ll get a new 30-day window to resume his rehab assignment.
De La Rosa, 31, posted a 3.51 ERA over his first 10 starts last year before undergoing Tommy John surgery in June. He’s making $10 million this year while his contract includes an $11 million player option for next season.
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.
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.