Jorge De La Rosa unlikely to return this season


More troubling news for the Colorado rotation.

According to beat writer Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd acknowledged Wednesday evening in a conference call with season ticket holders that Jorge De La Rosa might not make it back this season.

The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery 12 months ago, but he’s still experiencing problems and has been shut down from throwing until September.

De La Rosa, 31, registered a 3.51 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings last year before completely tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. He holds an $11 million player option for the 2013 season.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.