According to recent post from Colorado Rockies trainer Keith Dugger (via Troy Renck of The Denver Post), rehabbing LHP Jorge De La Rosa will throw bullpen sessions with Dugger throughout Spring Training and beyond, preparing for a return to the big league team in 2012:
Jorge De La Rosa... continued his rehab throughout the winter with Andy Stover, a Minor League athletic trainer. Jorge continues to improve from his Tommy John surgery and is progressing with bullpen work. Jorge will continue to throw bullpens through most of Spring Training and will remain here at the beginning of the season and progress into when Extended Spring games before he goes out for an official rehab assignment.
De La Rosa pitched well for the Rockies in 2011, mustering a career-best 3.51 ERA and 3.36 FIP through his 10 starts, but left his May 24th start with elbow discomfort and his season ended then.
If De La Rosa's rehab goes according to plan, the lefty should return to the team sometime in May, which would give the 32-year-old enough time to start as many as 20 games or so.
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