Rockies' De La Rosa shelled in final rehab start

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Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been out of commission since April 25 due to a torn tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand.  He had been aiming to return to the Colorado starting rotation next week, but the left-hander may be stuck on his rehab assignment for a little while longer.

Making what was supposed to be his final rehab start Saturday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, De La Rosa allowed eight runs — seven earned — over 4 1/3 innings, according to Thomas Harding and Joey Nowak of MLB.com.  He surrendered 10 hits, five of which went for extra bases.

The Rox could throw out the results and activate him this week anyway, but they do have options.  Jhoulys Chacin is supposed to get the boot when De La Rosa returns from the disabled list, but the 22-year-old has posted a 3.59 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 72.2 innings this season.  Would it hurt to stick with him for one week longer while De La Rosa builds some confidence against lesser competition?

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.