On Wednesday night, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa began a rehab stint with the Advanced-A level Modesto Nuts. De La Rosa is making his way back from last May's torn ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
De La Rosa began the night by allowing a leadoff single, but he followed that up with a swinging strikeout for Eric Groff. The suspect Modesto defense reared its ugly head for Modesto when Cristhian Adames committed a fielding error on a ball hit by Chris Owings. However, Adames made up for that by starting a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The second inning went smoother with Bobby Borchering called out on strikes and Raywilly Gomez swinging for the third strike. De La Rosa did walk Keon Broxton, but Carter Bell flied out to end the inning. The third inning began with Ryan LaPensee called out on strikes. Groff singled on a line drive in between a ground out and a fly out.
De La Rosa would have stayed in longer, but he was hit on the wrist by a line drive during the third inning, reports Brian VanderBeek.
De La Rosa is fine. Hit in the wrist/palm area of his right hand. Went to the pen and threw another 20 pitches after leaving ...— Brian VanderBeek (@ModestoBeek) May 3, 2012
Overall, De La Rosa threw 44 pitches, 28 for strikes, and reached 94 m.p.h. on the gun, according to VanderBeek.
VanderBeek also reports that De La Rosa should make his next start on Monday. The Nuts will look for a second victory with De La Rosa on the mound after winning Wednesday's game against the Visalia Rawhide, 10-1. De La Rosa received a no-decision, allowing Nick Schnaitmann to pick up his first 'W' of the season.