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Jorge De La Rosa’s comeback from Tommy John surgery hits another snag

Jun 4, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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Jorge De La Rosa has suffered another setback while recovering from Tommy John surgery, as the Rockies shut down his minor-league rehab assignment after discovering fluid in the left-hander’s elbow.

By rule rehab stints are only allowed to last 30 days, but by ending this one and starting a new one whenever De La Rosa is ready to pitch again the Rockies can restart the clock.

As for when he might be ready, manager Jim Tracy told Trey Scott of MLB.com that “it’s not something we think is too severe.” Of course, De La Rosa already experienced forearm tightness in early May and the Rockies are sending him for an MRI exam today.

Initially the Rockies were hoping to have him back in the rotation by now, but De La Rosa is the latest in a long line of pitchers to show that the 12-month recovery timetable for Tommy John surgery is far from guaranteed.

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