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Rockies' De La Rosa shelled in final rehab start

Jul 4, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been out of commission since April 25 due to a torn tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand.  He had been aiming to return to the Colorado starting rotation next week, but the left-hander may be stuck on his rehab assignment for a little while longer.

Making what was supposed to be his final rehab start Saturday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, De La Rosa allowed eight runs — seven earned — over 4 1/3 innings, according to Thomas Harding and Joey Nowak of MLB.com.  He surrendered 10 hits, five of which went for extra bases.

The Rox could throw out the results and activate him this week anyway, but they do have options.  Jhoulys Chacin is supposed to get the boot when De La Rosa returns from the disabled list, but the 22-year-old has posted a 3.59 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 72.2 innings this season.  Would it hurt to stick with him for one week longer while De La Rosa builds some confidence against lesser competition?

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