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Jorge De La Rosa Removed From Starting Rotation

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Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was pulled from the starting rotation into the bullpen after a disastrous start to his 2016 season. Jorge has struggled over the last 2 months,  going 1-4 with a dreadful 11.41 ERA. In De La Rosa’s last 3 starts, he only pitched a combined 8 1/3 innings.

Jorge’s disappointing start has led the Rockies GM Jeff Bridich to move De La Rosa into the pen stating “Our goal right now is for him to go to the bullpen, settle in, and help us win games out of the bullpen”.

The left handed throwing Jorge De La Rosa signed a 25 million dollar extension back in 2014 and he has the chance to test the market in the coming winter.

Jorge has played with the Rockies since 2008 and over the last three years has a respectable 3.92 ERA. Having an ERA at 3.92 is not bad for a pitcher that puts a lot of innings at Coors Field.

Jorge is being replaced by lefty Chris Rusin and is likely to make his first start on Saturday or Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

The Rockies look for a stronger performance out of De La Rosa, whether his role in the bullpen will be a long relief position or a 1 inning setup guy is still to be determined.

If Jorge can focus on getting 1 quality inning this will help the Rockies much more than he can starting right now.

If Jorge had another solid season this year he may have been able to get a good deal on another contract extension or testing the market and even if Jorge works his way back into the starting rotation he may find next year that his market value has dropped.

 

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