Colorado Rockies: De La Rosa Missing Another Start

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Aug 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron

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Jorge De La Rosa is working his way back from a groin injury, and hopes to pitch Tuesday for the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco against the Giants. 

UPDATE, 4:01 pm MT: After writing and publishing the post (below) in the last half hour, it has now been reported that Jorge De La Rosa will miss the 14th against San Francisco, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.

Groke writes:

"Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa will miss another start in the rotation while he recovers from a strained groin. The left-hander will instead start Tuesday for Triple-A Albuquerque.“They want to make sure I’m good,” De La Rosa said. “I didn’t pitch very much in spring.”The Rockies hoped De La Rosa would be ready to start Tuesday at San Francisco, the first time the rotation needs a fifth starter. Instead, Christian Bergman, who pitched one inning of relief Friday in the Rockies’ 5-1 victory over the Cubs, will replace De La Rosa on Tuesday."

Well, so much for what we had just written below. De La Rosa will miss another start, and yet the Rockies still need him back soon if they are going to be serious in the NL West.

Our earlier post remains below:

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After a rehab start on Thursday night with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, Colorado Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa is – maybe – closer to working his way back to Denver and pitching for the Rockies as early as April 14th in San Francisco.

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According to MLB.com, De La Rosa is planning on returning after Saturday afternoon’s side session – if everything goes according to plan.

If his groin feels up to par, and it looked like it did well enough Thursday in Albuquerque, he’d theoretically be ready for the Giants.

From the piece:

"Saturday’s bullpen session will be the determining factor for whether Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will join the starting rotation Tuesday in San Francisco.De La Rosa, out with a left groin strain, threw 54 pitches in four innings during an injury-rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday night. On Friday, De La Rosa reported that he could feel tightness in the groin, but the question is how manageable it is."

Well… here’s hoping his side session (which might be going on as we type this) is going well, and that De La Rosa will, in fact, return Monday.

No disrespect to Christian Bergman, or whomever the club was planning to have start Monday’s game in De La Rosa’s place, but the Rockies cannot be serious this year in the NL West without De La Rosa starting 30 games and being as effective as he was the last two seasons.

Even with De La Rosa, well, this club still has very little margin of error for success in the division.

We’ll update you on De La Rosa when we hear more information.

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