May 14, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT
Angels right-hander Dane De La Rosa was one of the best setup men in the league last season, but he was shut down with a shoulder injury after just one appearance this year and a recent setback has stalled his comeback.
De La Rosa made four minor-league rehab appearances at Triple-A, which were discouraging enough that manager Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com: “He’s not quite where he needs to be.”
De La Rosa had a big workload last season, logging 72 innings in 75 appearances, and the 6-foot-7 reliever with a mid-90s fastball posted a 2.86 ERA with 65 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .219 batting average.
It sounds like he may be headed for another MRI exam and, at the very least, De La Rosa is nowhere close to rejoining the Angels.
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