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De La Rosa struggles in rehab start05/08/2012 1:36 AM ET
By Jonathan Raymond / Special to MLB.com
Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa was uneven in his second rehab start for Class A Advanced Modesto on Monday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
The eight-year Major League veteran struck out three and walked two in the outing before handing off to Modesto reliever Juan Perez. The Nuts went on to beat the San Jose Giants, 10-7.
The Rockies are hoping to have the Mexican-born De La Rosa back in the big leagues before the All-Star break. In his first rehab start May 2, he worked three scoreless two-hit innings against Visalia, striking out four and walking one.
De La Rosa is working his way back following Tommy John surgery last summer. His start against Visalia put the 31-year-old in his first competitive setting in nearly a year.
The left-hander is 54-49 in his Major League career, spending time with Milwaukee and Kansas City before landing in Colorado in 2008. He was 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before going down with the surgery-requiring elbow injury last May.
Modesto's offense was in high gear Monday, with designated hitter Cory Dickerson leading the way with a 4-for-5, four-RBI showing. Juan Crousset hit a first-inning grand slam and Timothy Smalling and Brett Tanos collected three hits apiece for the Nuts.