Apr 21, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
After some bad news earlier in the week, it turns out Jorge De La Rosa is on track to return April 14, and the Colorado Rockies are going to need him against the Giants.
Well, forget what we reported and heard earlier this week about Jorge De La Rosa‘s timetable to return to the Colorado Rockies after his groin injury during Spring Training.
It turns out now that De La Rosa feels good and will be ready for the April 14 start against the Giants, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
More from Saunders:
"Lefty Jorge De La Rosa, the club’s best pitcher, is on pace to return to the team on April 14 in San Francisco. That’s the first day the Rockies will need to utilize a five-man rotation.“I feel good … my arm feels perfect,” De La Rosa said Monday morning before the Rockies’ season-opener against the Brewers at Miller Park."
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That is GREAT news.
Sure, the Rockies have Kyle Kendrick tossing seven scoreless innings and he’ll probably throw to a 2.40 ERA this summer (just let me think that for now and enjoy the Opening Day win, OK?), but it can’t be understated how badly the Rockies need De La Rosa to return soon.
As we’ve documented, the Rockies have an insane number of early games against NL West opponents, so if De La Rosa can bolster the rotation and take the pressure off Christian Bergman and, to an extent, Eddie Butler, all the better.
It looks like De La Rosa will throw Thursday night for the Albuquerque Isotopes, and assuming his arm and groin feel good enough, be slotted in to start on April 14 in San Francisco.
After the Rockies big 10-0 win today (recap coming up ASAP), the news just keeps getting better for the club on Opening Day!