Jorge De La Rosa Tears UCL; Roster Moves Begin

Jorge De La Rosa is out for the season most likely after tearing his UCL.

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Rockies Not Looking At Trades Yet, Dick Monfort Says

Even though the Colorado Rockies are down a pitcher with Jorge De La Rosa out for the season, the team will not look to make a trade just yet, owner Dick Monfort told the Denver Post's Troy Renck. Monfort hasn't quite come to grips on the situation yet, but know that in a few weeks the full impact of De La Rosa's absence will be felt.

Besides, as Renck points out, if the Rockies were desperate to make a trade right now that just plays into the hands of all the other teams. They'd be able to dictate the terms of any deal. And the three names Renck throws out, Kevin Slowey, Carl Pavano and Paul Maholm all have their issues. Slowey is headed to the 15-day DL with a strained abdominal muscle, which makes a trade a few weeks away. Pavano has been quite hittable (72 hits in 61.1 innings, 10.6 H/9). Maholm is probably the best of the bunch (3.61 ERA, 50.5% ground ball rate), but ignore the 1-7 record.

So, as Monfort says, it's best to stick with what the Rockies have right now and see what Aaron Cook, Clayton Mortensen and Juan Nicasio can do for the time being.

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Bruce Billings Promoted To Majors, Juan Nicasio Will Make Major League Debut Saturday

The first roster move to fall into place after Jorge De La Rosa's torn UCL is the promotion of Triple-A reliever Bruce Billings, reports the Denver Post's Troy Renck. Billings will serve in a long relief role for his first stint in the majors.

Billings was select out of San Diego State by the Rockies in the 30th round of the 2007 draft and began his pro career as a starter. However, midway through 2010 the Rockies decided he would be a better option as a reliever given his two-pitch repertoire. His fastball can reach over 100 mph out of the pen, while his changeup is usable. If he ever developed a third pitch, his slider as Renck mentions, he could spot start.

He has a 5.06 ERA in 32.0 innings. In two of his last three outings he's allowed nine runs in 2.2 innings.

Renck also suggests that this could be a temporary promotion until Saturday when the Rockies could use a fresh pitcher instead of Greg Reynolds (he threw 3.2 innings on Tuesday in relief of De La Rosa). That could lead to 24-year-old righty Juan Nicasio making his big league debut. He is 5-1 in nine starts for Double-A Tulsa. His 2.22 ERA leads the Texas League and he holds the strikeout lead by 15 (63 to 48).

 Update: The Rockies announced Nicasio will start Saturday.

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Jorge De La Rosa Reportedly Out For Season With Torn UCL

In Game 1 of the Colorado Rockies' doubleheader on Tuesday, Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa pitched 2.1 innings before he left the game with an undisclosed injury. A short time later it was announced that he had left elbow soreness. Now it is being reported that the injury is much worse.

The ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow has a complete tear in it, reports the Denver Post. This will likely require Tommy John surgery to repair, keeping De La Rosa out for the next year.

With Ubaldo Jimenez's early season troubles, Jorge De La Rosa had emerged, along with Jhoulys Chacin, as a reliable front-end starter. Before Tuesday's start, De La Rosa had a 3.34 ERA in nine starts (5-2 record). He had struck out 49 in 56.2 innings.

The Rockies will now need to determine their next step in replacing De La Rosa in the rotation. Aaron Cook is set to return before the end of May, while the Rockies already have Greg Reynolds up (he pitched in relief of De La Rosa in the game).

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