De La Rosa trying to find his rhythm

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jorge De La Rosa faced 11 batters in 1 2/3 innings on Sunday, allowing two hits while walking three and hitting a batter to force in a run in a 7-2 loss to the A's. Monday morning, he faced the music.

"I'm very out of sync," De La Rosa said. "It's not a matter of strength. It's more location that's the issue. With two strikes, I don't want to make any mistakes, so the ball starts to get a little carried away."

De La Rosa went on the disabled list in May 2011 and had Tommy John surgery that June. He began working the first of three different rehab assignments last May, making seven Minor League starts. All told, he pitched on five levels, including three stats for the Rockies at the end of September, accumulating a 7.55 ERA in 10 starts, spanning 31 innings.

After two Cactus League appearances, De La Rosa has a 7.36 ERA, and according to the left-hander, control issues have been consistent both in his side sessions and in games.

"The last two bullpens I threw was the same thing, [the ball was] running a little bit," De La Rosa said. "My command was not there yet. I feel like I'm going too fast."

De Le Rosa has won 39 games for the Rockies in five seasons, but he has missed time due to injuries in four of those campaigns. He is not frustrated yet this spring, knowing it will take him some time to get his feel back after missing a season and a half.

"The most important thing is the arm is good. The other things, I can fix," De La Rosa said. "I just need to get my rhythm and my mechanics back. Right now, I don't have them at all. I hope I can find them soon."