"Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled for May 2 with the Modesto Nuts," manager Jim Tracy said before Sunday's rubber match with the Mets. "[He'll throw] roughly five innings or 65 pitches. We'll take it one start at a time and just continue to stay on the same course that we've been on since he had to step away."
De La Rosa has been on the disabled list since May 25 of 2011 with a UCL tear in his left elbow, and has been a stalwart in the Rockies rotation over the previous four seasons.
Preceding him at Class-A Modesto has been Rockies reliever Josh Outman, who has been on the DL since the end of March with an oblique strain. Outman made his first rehab appearance Saturday night, throwing one perfect inning.
"It was very, very good," Tracy said. "I think there was a couple strikeouts. I think his velocity range on the fastball was between 91 and 95. He was dominant, that's how good he was in the inning that he pitched, and felt great, so that was really encouraging to hear."
There are no projections yet for when either pitcher might be back in the big leagues, but the window for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment is 30 days. The assignment can be stopped if needed, but if all goes well, both pitchers could be with the Rockies by June.