SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has had his next Cactus League start moved from Sunday to next Friday because of tightness in his left (throwing) lat muscle, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Friday.
De La Rosa, No. 2 in the rotation behind All-Star right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, played long toss Friday and will throw a bullpen session Sunday. He will then take his regular turn against the Brewers next Friday.
Right-handed prospect Juan Nicasio will replace De La Rosa for Sunday's start against the Athletics.
Tracy said that the skipped start for De La Rosa is merely a matter of a team being cautious in Spring Training.
"If we were in the regular season, he would pitch on Sunday, but due to the way we're approaching situations like this [he will not]," Tracy said.
In a roster move Friday, Tracy announced that the Rockies have released veteran catcher Chad Moeller, who was in camp under a Minor League contract. With a crowd of candidates for the backup catcher job, the Rockies are giving Moeller, 36, a chance to find a job elsewhere.
Jose Morales, obtained in a winter trade with the Twins, and prospects Mike McKenry and Jordan Pacheco are candidates for backup duty. Also, highly touted Rockies catching prospect Wilin Rosario has recovered from a right knee injury that sidelined him last August. Rosario is available to play Saturday against the D-backs.