More Rockies Pitcher Woes

De La Rosa won't be returning on June 2nd.

The Rockies finished up another rough week on Sunday as the club lost it's fourth game in a row as the Mariners swept them at Coors Field. The Rockies were just one of two teams to be swept during interleague play with the other being the also hapless Chicago Cubs. The Rockies also received some bad injury news this week. 

It was always a long shot that LHP Jorge De La Rosa was going to be healthy and pitching in the majors by June 2nd, his previously stated return date. Pitching coach Bob Apadaca told me as much in Spring Training when the subject of De La Rosa's return came up.

Apadaca was of the belief that just because other pitchers seem to return from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 12 months, that doesn't mean it will be the case with De La Rosa. Turns out, despite the current product on the field, Apadaca knows pitching and he was absolutely right. 

De La Rosa was formally pulled off of his rehab assignment and will be placed back on the disabled list in the near future with forearm tightness. He will get a new 30-day injury rehab window sometime shortly after that.

De La Rosa signed a 2-year, $21.5M contact before the 2011 season. His contract includes a player option for $11M for the 2013 season and I have to imagine he'll exercise that option as he likely won't see that kind of money in free agency. 

Another young pitcher that the Rockies had high hopes for this season has struggled and that would be reliever Rex Brothers. He pitched in 48 games last year for the Rockies as a 23-year-old and posted a 2.88 ERA. Brothers also finished six games for Colorado. 

Unfortunately for Brothers, he didn't have the same kind of success to start the 2012 season. He was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after pitching to a 5.87 ERA in 22 games this year. RHP Adam Ottavino was recalled to take Brothers' place in the bullpen. 

RHP Matt Belisle and LHP Matt Reynolds will serve as the primary setup men for Colorado. 

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