Another setback for De La Rosa …
Dane De La Rosa’s rehab has hit yet another snag. The latest came after four rehab appearances for in Triple-A, which were followed by three days of rest and prompted the Angels’ power reliever to get re-evaluated in Southern California on Wednesday, as the Angels were wrapping up a six-game road trip in Philadelphia.
“He’s not quite where he needs to be,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully he’ll pick it up again.
Scioscia said he didn’t know if De La Rosa was getting an MRI and wouldn’t specify where the 31-year-old right-hander was ailing.
De La Rosa, coming off a breakout season in which he posted a 2.86 ERA in a team-high 75 appearances, was delayed in Spring Training because of a right forearm strain, averaged 88.3 mph on his fastball when he made his debut on April 12 – it was 94.6 mph last year – then went on the disabled list again with irritation in his right s/c joint.
De La Rosa worked his way back up to a rehab assignment, was appearing every other day in Triple-A Salt Lake from May 4 to this past Friday and looked primed to join the Angels in Toronto this past weekend. But he gave up a couple of runs in 1 1/3 innings in his most recent outing, and though he finished it, he hasn’t shown enough progress.
“He hasn’t quite moved forward at the pace that he can,” Scioscia said. “Maybe it’s just a matter of catching his breath. He’ll be evaluated, and we’ll see what next the step is.”