DENVER -- The Rockies received a positive report from left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's three innings Monday night for Modesto in a Class A California League playoff game.
De La Rosa, completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery last June, held Bakersfield to one run, on a home run, and three hits, while striking out five in Modesto's 12-1 victory. The Rockies hope De La Rosa, whose quality and veteran leadership have been missed this season, can appear in a Major League game before season's end.
It's not clear what De La Rosa's next step will be. Modesto trails in its playoff series and will have to stay alive for De La Rosa to have a chance to pitch there. Class A Asheville is the only other Rockies affiliate participating in playoffs.
"If there's opportunity to pitch out there [in the Minors], it's safe to say we would consider that; if not, we would have to formulate a little bit different plan," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
De La Rosa returned to Denver on Tuesday to work out and be evaluated by the Rockies' training staff.