May 19, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT
The Rockies were hoping to have Jorge De La Rosa back from Tommy John surgery next month, but that won’t happen now that he has experienced a setback.
According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, De La Rosa has been pulled from his rehab assignment due to left forearm tightness. De La Rosa left a rehab outing with Double-A Tulsa last Saturday with forearm tightness, but he was able to toss four innings in his most recent start on Thursday. However, it’s clear the team didn’t think he would be ready by the original target date.
The plan now calls for De La Rosa to be placed on the disabled list with the new injury, after which he’ll get a new 30-day window to resume his rehab assignment.
De La Rosa, 31, posted a 3.51 ERA over his first 10 starts last year before undergoing Tommy John surgery in June. He’s making $10 million this year while his contract includes an $11 million player option for next season.
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