Jorge De La Rosa’s comeback from Tommy John surgery hits another snag

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Jorge De La Rosa has suffered another setback while recovering from Tommy John surgery, as the Rockies shut down his minor-league rehab assignment after discovering fluid in the left-hander’s elbow.

By rule rehab stints are only allowed to last 30 days, but by ending this one and starting a new one whenever De La Rosa is ready to pitch again the Rockies can restart the clock.

As for when he might be ready, manager Jim Tracy told Trey Scott of MLB.com that “it’s not something we think is too severe.” Of course, De La Rosa already experienced forearm tightness in early May and the Rockies are sending him for an MRI exam today.

Initially the Rockies were hoping to have him back in the rotation by now, but De La Rosa is the latest in a long line of pitchers to show that the 12-month recovery timetable for Tommy John surgery is far from guaranteed.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.