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.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.