Jorge De La Rosa Likely Headed For Tommy John Surgery

May 24, 2011 – 8:10 pm by Ryan Phillips

The Colorado Rockies are off to a solid 24-22 start this year, and as of Tuesday morning sit three games out of first place in the National League West. One of the keys to Colorado’s success this season was going to be a bounce-back year from Jorge De La Rosa. Unfortunately, that’s likely impossible now.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 12-4 but De La Rosa left the game in the third inning.

The Rockies announced later announced via Twtter that De La Rosa has suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. While the next step hasn’t been decided yet, the only path really available to the 30-year-old native of Mexico is Tommy John Surgery.

It’s a sad development for De La Rosa, who had started the season 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. At times in the past, De La Rosa has looked like one of the best left-handed starters in all of baseball. In 2009, he started 32 games, and in 185 innings and tallied a 16-9 record with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP, while striking out 193.

Last year, De La Rosa only made 20 starts, and had just 121.2 innings to show for it. He finished the season 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

The Rockies were relying to De La Rosa to return to form and create a solid one-two punch with ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has also been off this year and struggled with injuries. Now with De La Rosa likely out for a year, it delivers a big blow to Colorado.

This was De La Rosa’s eighth season in the big leagues and he appeared to be off to a great start. Tough development for the Rockies.

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