May 26, 2011 1:10 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies placed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa on the disabled list a day after he tore a ligament in his left elbow.
To take his place, the Rockies recalled right-handed reliever Bruce Billings from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Billings has never pitched at the major league level.
De La Rosa left in the third inning against Arizona on Tuesday with elbow soreness. An MRI later confirmed the tear.
He will have Tommy John-style tendon replacement surgery when the swelling goes down, possibly next week. The procedure will sideline the hard-throwing left-hander for a year.
With All-Star Ubaldo Jimenez struggling this season, De La Rosa established himself as the backbone of the staff. He was 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA.
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