Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico.
De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale, Arizona — not far from the Rockies’ new spring training complex — and he should have things cleared up with the authorities by the end of this week or sooner.
The left-hander inked a two-year, $21.5 million free agent contract with Colorado this winter after registering a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 across 20 starts in 2010. His new deal also carries an $11 million player option for 2013 and a potential $11 million club option for 2014.
Marlins third baseman Martin Prado was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s game after sustaining a left hamstring injury in the sixth inning. Prado sprinted down the first base line to beat out a grounder, but came up limping and had to be helped off of the field and down the steps of the dugout. His recovery timetable has yet to be determined, though he’s considered day-to-day for the time being.
Prior to the incident, Prado went 3-for-4 with two doubles against the Nationals’ Max Scherzer — his first game with multiple extra-base hits since July 2017. It was a rare lucky break for the infielder, who entered Friday’s game with a .169/.221/.180 batting line, one double and three RBI in 95 plate appearances in 2018. The injury appears to be an aggravation of the left hamstring strain he sustained in March, which forced the club to bench him for just over a month this spring.
Prado was replaced on the field by Brian Anderson, who shifted over from right field so the team could bring in pinch-hitter/corner outfielder J.B. Shuck. The Marlins currently trail the Nationals 7-5 in the top of the eighth inning.