Jorge De La Rosa’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has dragged on far longer than expected, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel.
De La Rosa started a Single-A playoff game yesterday, throwing five innings of three-run ball, and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s now “on the brink of pitching in the big leagues.”
He’ll join the Rockies this week and according to Renck could start as soon as Thursday against the Giants, which would be his first game action versus major-league hitters since May 24, 2011.
De La Rosa has a $11 million player option for 2013 that he’ll obviously exercise, as that’s probably about $8 million more than he’d get on the open market as a free agent right now.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?