LOS ANGELES -- With all the bad news the Rockies have gotten regarding injuries lately, good news is big news for Colorado when it comes to rehabbing players.
They got a lot of it Tuesday, particularly in regards to their pitching staff, which may yet be bolstered by the returns of Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin this season.
De La Rosa threw 35 pitches before the Rockies' game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and worked his changeup into the mix with his fastball for the first time.
"He's progressing, he's moving in the direction we'd like him to go in," manager Jim Tracy said.
After a tough rehab outing with Double-A Tulsa last week, Chacin rebounded Monday night, allowing two runs on four hits while walking none in five innings. That last stat -- no walks -- along with Chacin's consistent velocity, were the most encouraging aspects of the outing for Tracy.
"I said we'd really like to see him step it up a bit, which he did," Tracy said. "The fact of the velocity coming up and the fact that he didn't walk anybody is really, really encouraging."
Tracy said Chacin was sitting around 92 mph and will make his next rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs, with the next step in his progress toward the Majors to be determined pending the outcome of that outing.
Neither Chacin nor De La Rosa have been major factors in the Rockies' season so far. De La Rosa hasn't pitched at all after having elbow surgery in 2011, and Chacin has been on the disabled list since May 2 with a nerve issue in his chest. Prior to that, he was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts.