Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa to Begin Rehab Assignment

DENVER, CO - APRIL 02: Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In other Tommy John surgery-related news, Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is set to begin a rehab assignment with the club's rookie league affiliate on Wednesday, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

Fifteen months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery, Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa finally gets to pitch in a real game.

De La Rosa is scheduled to start a rehab game on Wednesday for the Grand Junction Rockies, the franchise’s rookie-league team.

The 31-year-old left-hander, who went under the knife in June 2011, made two attempts at a rehab assignment earlier this summer but had to be shut down both times because of forearm and elbow troubles.

Barring any further setbacks in his rehab, the Rockies plan to promote De La Rosa to Colorado before the end of the season. If all goes well once there, the Rockies plan to have De La Rosa pitch in the Arizona Instructional League this fall then in Mexico for the winter.

An eight-year veteran, De La Rosa owns a career 4.90 ERA , 8.0 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9. Prior to injuring his elbow in 2011, the lefty was putting together a career season, posting a 3.51 ERA in ten starts.

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