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Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

Feb 13, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.”

Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for weeks, so his health updates may not be the most reliable. Either way, so far so good about nine months into what’s typically at minimum a 12-month recovery.

Renck also notes that De La Rosa is all but certain to exercise his $11 million option for 2013, although for some odd reason the Rockies beat writer refers to it as “the only positive of De La Rosa’s injury.” Positive from the pitcher’s point of view, sure, but there’s no way the Rockies would exercise the same option if given the choice.

  1. redguy12588 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The Pirates were in the running for him last year and I think they wanted to give him a 3 year, $30M contract. Thank God he didn’t bite. Now we get to sign AJ Burnett!

  2. mjay424 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Aaron, it still might be attractive to the Rockies too if De La Rosa picks up his option for 2013 if he works through the surgery and proves he can still throw hard and effectively. At his best, De La Rosa can be both very average and outstanding. If he’s at least as good as he was, post-surgery, then he fits well as a no. 3 or 4 starter. Many claimed he was no. 2 quality but his inconsistency over a full season doesn’t merit that status. As a no. 3 or 4, he’s a very good pitcher, if healthy.

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