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Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made his earliest exit in five years last night, leaving his start against the San Francisco Giants after only two innings. The veteran was lifted due to soreness in his thumb, index and middle fingers, and the status of his next start is unknown at this time, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
De La Rosa has been hampered by a thumb injury since June, and Harding notes that the southpaw has a history of developing blisters on his fingers. The soreness De La Rosa was experiencing last night was on the back of his fingers, and he admitted that he felt more pain than usual while playing catch on Monday.
This discomfort didn't subside last night, resulting in his surrendering of four runs on four hits and three walks. One of those hits was a three-run home run to Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. He was ultimately replaced by right-hander Jeff Manship after only two frames.
De La Rosa described the soreness after the game, and it was clear he was still attempting to pinpoint exactly what caused the issue.
"Yesterday I played catch and I felt a little more pain
than normal," De La Rosa said. "I don't know why. Today when I was
warming up, it bothered me. It's not an excuse to not make good pitches. It
probably was the cold [65 degrees by the Bay can be chilly with the wind]. ...
It's a long time since I've pitched in this kind of weather. Probably that
affected me. But like I say, I made a lot of mistakes with some hitters and I
paid for it."
In an otherwise disappointing season, De La Rosa has been one of the Rockies top contributors this year. Over 30 appearances the 32-year-old has posted an ERA of 3.49 while compiling a record of 16-6.
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