Rubby De La Rosa's 2017 outlook is a bit murky due to the status of his right elbow. He was shut down in September and ended up meeting with Dr. James Andrews, the well-known orthopedic surgeon who performed De La Rosa's 2011 Tommy John surgery. In an effort to avoid another surgery, De La Rosa decided to undergo stem-cell treatment. The best-case scenario is that this allows De La Rosa to get back on the mound faster than he would've been able to if he had gone through with surgery. Of course, there's also a chance that the treatment is not effective and De La Rosa ends up needing another Tommy John procedure, which would knock him out of action for at least a year. Things will begin to clear up as De La Rosa moves through the rehab process. A former top prospect for the Dodgers, De La Rosa is off the fantasy radar for now given the uncertainty of his health.
De La Rosa (elbow) underwent a second injection of stem-cell therapy this December and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, Nick Piecoro of azcentral reports. General Manager Mike Hazen says the second injection was precautionary as De La Rosa attempts to avoid a second Tommy John surgery. The tentative plan is to ease the 22-year-old back in the lineup as a reliever. De La Rosa is coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, in which he posted a 4-5 record and a 4.26 ERA.
De La Rosa (elbow) agreed to a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, the Arizona Republic reports. De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks parted ways via a nontender in early December, but the veteran will now rejoin the organization in hopes of working his way into a bullpen role out of spring training. De La Rosa, who missed significant time last season due to elbow problems, underwent stem cell therapy in September, but his health will likely remain a significant concern into the spring. The right-hander closed last season with a 4.26 ERA and 1.243 WHIP across 50.2 total innings (10 starts).
The Diamondbacks declined to tender De La Rosa a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Arizona became the third organization to dump the 27-year-old De La Rosa. He has routinely fallen short of high expectations and there are very real concerns about his elbow -- he had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and underwent stem cell treatment this September in hopes of avoiding another elbow procedure. That said, he continued to throw his fastball in the 94-95 range last season and saw a nice uptick in strikeouts, so he should draw interest as an upside flier on the open market.
De La Rosa (elbow) is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday , Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Dr. Andrews, of course, is known for performing Tommy John surgeries. He actually performed Tommy John on De La Rosa back in 2011. If De La Rosa gets the surgery again, he will likely be out for the whole 2017 season.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale confirmed Saturday that De La Rosa (elbow) wouldn't return this season, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. De La Rosa had been sidelined for most of the summer with elbow problems before returning from the DL earlier this month, but he experienced issues with his arm after making just two starts. Hale announced shortly thereafter that De La Rosa would be shut down for the season, before reversing course and acknowledging it was possible the right-hander might pitch again. However, after De La Rosa completed a flat-ground throwing session Saturday, Hale noted that the hurler was progressing positively, but wouldn't be ready to pitch in a game before the season ended. De La Rosa should be healthy again for the start of spring training, at which point he'll probably have to compete for a spot in the rotation.