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Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL in elbow, could need surgery

Aug 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Ugh, just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for Dodgers fans.

The Dodgers announced following Monday’s game that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery is a possibility for the promising young right-hander.

9:08 PM: Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have placed rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

De La Rosa had the shortest start of his brief major league career Sunday against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on five hits over four innings.

Called up from the minors in May, the 21-year-old right-hander has a 3.71 ERA and 60/31 K/BB ratio over his first 60 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He is averaging 96.1 mph on his fastball this season, which leads all major-league starters.

The Dodgers aren’t going anywhere this season, so they naturally aren’t going to take any chances here. De La Rosa has already thrown 100 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors, only 9 2/3 innings short of his previous career-high set last season, so the Dodgers were likely planning to shut him down early even before the injury.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    For Dodger fans, it cannot get any worse. It is as bad as it gets and as bad as it has ever been. It is a despair of metaphysical proportions. As W. B. Yeats wrote in “Lapis Lazuli,”

    Black out; Heaven blazing into the head:
    Tragedy wrought to its uttermost.
    Though Hamlet rambles and Lear rages,
    And all the drop-scenes drop at once
    Upon a hundred thousand stages,
    It cannot grow by an inch or an ounce.

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