Jorge De La Rosa looked at his thumb and shook his head. It hurts. It has since June 17 when he violently spun a curveball in Toronto then had the bat ricochet off it while bunting. The pain has traveled with him through two countries eight states and 16 games.
"It's bad. But I can work through it" said De La Rosa who wore a BMX-type motorcycle glove while hitting for a few games. "The only thing that's going to help it is the offseason. It won't help to skip a start."
And teeth-gnashing aside why would he want to? De La Rosa can't put a finger on his success but he's enjoying a career renaissance in a career season. He tied a personal best with his 16th victory as the Rockies avoided becoming debris under the Los Angeles Dodgers' broom winning 7-5 on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
While wins are subjective there's only one conclusion that can be drawn about De La Rosa's performance: terrific. In spring training he was afraid to throw his slider in his first few outings still af...