Dodgers Activate De La Rosa; Option Guerra

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 29: Rubby De La Rosa #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on June 29, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list and optioned former closer Javy Guerra to Triple-A, reports Alex Angert of MLB.com:

More than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, Rubby De La Rosa was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon.

In a surprising corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned reliever Javy Guerra to Triple-A Albuquerque.

The 23-year-old flame-thrower recovered from Tommy John much quicker than he and anyone else expected, throwing twelve scoreless frames in four rehab appearances, so the Dodgers are going to take things slow with him.

De La Rosa put up a 3.88 ERA in ten starts last year, but manager Don Mattingly said he plans to only use him in low-leverage relief situations this season. The right-hander will likely return to the starting rotation next season if he can stay healthy.

Javy Guerra, 26, was moved to Triple-A to make room on the roster for De La Rosa. Guerra began the year as LA's closer but lost the job to Kenley Jansen following three blown saves early in the season. The right-hander has bounced back from his disappointing start, dropping his ERA from 6.10 to 2.66 in thirty-two appearances, and will likely get a call-up when rosters expand at the start of September.

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