Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa left Friday afternoon’s start against the Athletics — his Cactus League debut — with one out in the third inning due tightness in his left groin, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. It’s an aggravation of an existing injury, as De La Rosa’s spring debut had been pushed back several times before.
The Rockies recently tabbed Kyle Kendrick as their Opening Day starter, when they’ll be in Milwaukee to face the Brewers. The thought was to have De La Rosa pitch the Rockies’ home opener against the Cubs a few days later, but that may be in doubt now.
De La Rosa, 33, is the ace of the Rockies’ staff but posted a 4.10 ERA with a 139/67 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings last season.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.
It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.