Jun 14, 2014 12:19 AM by Posted by Greg Smith
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa left Friday night's game against the Giants after three innings because of lower-back tightness. The Rockies announced his status as day to day.
On Friday, De La Rosa threw two scoreless frames but began laboring during the third. Angel Pagan doubled and Hunter Pence singled him home to lead off the bottom of the third. After retiring the next two batters, De La Rosa looked to the dugout while facing Michael Morse. Assistant trainer Scott Gehret, pitching coach Jim Wright and manager Walt Weiss visited the mound.
After declaring himself OK after a few warmup pitches, De La Rosa finished the inning, giving up a second run on a Morse single to tie the game at 2. Matt Belisle replaced De La Rosa in the bottom of the fourth.
It's the second bout with back problems for De La Rosa (6-5, 4.12 ERA) this season. On May 7, he went six innings and gave up two runs while earning a win over the Rangers in Arlington. But while doing his between-starts running, his back tightened and his next start was moved to May 16. The start against the Rangers was also where he sustained a middle finger bruise that has affected him consistently since.
The Rockies have three starters on the disabled list. Lefty Brett Anderson hasn't pitched since April 12 because of a broken left index finger and righty Tyler Chatwood last pitched on April 28 because of a right forearm strain. Both are on the 60-day DL and on Friday both threw their first full bullpen sessions since their injuries.
Right-handed prospect Eddie Butler made his Major League debut last Friday in a loss to the Dodgers, but within days was placed on the 15-day DL. Butler hopes to be cleared to resume long-toss on Saturday.