SAN DIEGO -- Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa struggled on Monday, giving up four runs, three earned, in 2 2/3 innings for Class A Modesto in a rehab game against San Jose, but he was smiling Tuesday.
De La Rosa joined the Rockies to work out with the club in preparation for his next start as he completes his rehab from left elbow surgery. He'll pitch for Double-A Tulsa on Saturday.
Watching the Rockies' rotation struggle has been difficult, De La Rosa admitted. At the time of his injury last year, he was the Rockies' best pitcher. Without him in the rotation, Rockies starters have gone fewer than six innings in 17 of the team's 28 games this season.
"It's good to be around the guys, but it's tough watching the guys struggle," De La Rosa said. "But you can't rush this kind of thing. Everybody told me I'd have problems in the first couple of games."
De La Rosa gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two in his second injury rehab start. De La Rosa gave San Jose hitters credit for fouling off some good pitches, and said when he tried to go inside, the ball would cut back over the middle of the plate. It was a clear signal he needs time.
"I feel good physical and I've been throwing well, but last night my control wasn't there," De La Rosa said.