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.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.