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.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.