De La Rosa (elbow) made his first minor-league rehab appearance Monday with High-A Visalia, tossing a perfect inning and striking out a batter. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that De La Rosa, who has been rehabbing a sprained UCL in his right elbow, looked sharp during his inning and sported a mid-90s fastball, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. De La Rosa's next outing with Visalia will come Friday, and it's likely he'll require several more rehab appearances at multiple minor-league levels before the Diamondbacks consider bringing him onto the big-league roster. He could be ticketed for relief duty if he reemerges with the big club.
De La Rosa (elbow) is set to throw in an extended spring training game Friday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. The live action serves as a positive sign for De La Rosa's progression from a sprained right UCL and signals a rehab stint may be in the near future. The veteran right-hander has been slowly working his way back using non-surgical treatment this spring, so the next few weeks could serve as a critical period in determining a firm return date.
De La Rosa (elbow) threw a successful live batting practice session Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Manager Torey Lovullo stated that De La Rosa "threw the ball very, very well" Monday. It appears that the 28-year-old's alternative elbow treatment is going well and that he could be available to pitch a minor-league game sooner than later. More updates should hopefully become available in the coming days.
De La Rosa (elbow) was reassigned to the Diamondbacks' minor-league camp Monday, MLB.com's Owen Perkins reports. De La Rosa hasn't pitched all spring while he receives alternative treatments to Tommy John surgery to address the ailing elbow on his throwing arm. Manager Torey Lovullo confirmed that De La Rosa, who threw a bullpen session Monday, would continue his progression in the minors, so expect him to spend time at multiple affiliates as he looks to work his way back into consideration for a role with the big club later in the season.
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.
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