Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

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Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.”

Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for weeks, so his health updates may not be the most reliable. Either way, so far so good about nine months into what’s typically at minimum a 12-month recovery.

Renck also notes that De La Rosa is all but certain to exercise his $11 million option for 2013, although for some odd reason the Rockies beat writer refers to it as “the only positive of De La Rosa’s injury.” Positive from the pitcher’s point of view, sure, but there’s no way the Rockies would exercise the same option if given the choice.