The Rockies reached out to Jorge De La Rosa, one of the most successful pitchers in franchise history, in hopes that the veteran pitcher at the end of his career could provide a situational left-handed reliever. De La Rosa was willing, but his body wasn't able.
Signed to a minor-league contracton April 5, and sent to extended spring training to get in shape, De La Rosa never had the opportunity to pitch. He quickly suffered an oblique injury. The Rockies officially relased him this week.
De La Rosa spent all or parts of 15 seasons in the big leagues, but bulk of which came as a member of the Rockies. He was one of the Rockies prime starters for nine years (2008-16). He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, ranking second in games, games starter and innings, and fourth in ERA. He also spent time with the Brewers (2004-06), Royals (2006-07), D-backs (2017-18) and Cubs (2018).
In Friday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (30-38) lost 5-4 against Oklahoma City (Dodgers). Chi Chi Gonzalez (5-4, 6.01) suffered the loss, allowing all five runs on 11 hits and three walks, striking out four, in 6 1/3 innings. Yonathan Daza (.380) was 2-for-4 with a tripe and two RBI. Roberto Ramos (.293) was 2-for-5 with an RBI. The Isotopes were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
AA Hartford (37-28) won 5-3 at Erie (Detroit), pulling to within a half-game of Trenton and Reading for first place in the first half of the Eastern League tied with Reading (Phillies) and .002 behind Trenton (Yankees) in the Western Division of the Eastern League with three games to play. Ben Bowden (1.05) converted his 20th save in 20 opportunities, and Alexander Guillen picked up the win (2-1, 0.75) in relief, allowing one hit and stirking out three in 2 2/3 innings.Heath Holder (1.80) started and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out four in three innings. Tyler Nevin (.223) tripled to drive in one run and scored another in the Yard Goats' three-run third.
High A Lancaster (32-34) lost 19-1 against Inland Empire (Angels). Ryan Rolison (2-3, 4.23) had his first struggle of the season, allowing nine run on nine hits and four walks, striking out four, in 3 2/3 innings. Justin Upton, on a rehab assignment from the Angels, went 4-for-5 with two home runs.
Low A Asheville (29-39) lost 7-5 in 11 innings against Lakewood (Phillies). Niko Decolati (.308) was 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI. Shelby Lackey (5.30) started and pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks, striking out five, in six innings. Miguel Ausua (0-1, 0.00) suffered the loss, working the final two innings, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one. PJ Poulin (2.62) suffered his second blown saves, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, striking out two, in the ninth inning.
Short-season A Boise (0-1) lost 7-6 in 12 inningsd at Salem-Keizer (Giants) in the season opener in the Northewest League. Joe Aeilts (.500) was 2-4. Hunter Williams (0-1, infinity) allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk, failing to retire a batter in the 12th inning. Frederis Parra (3.60) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out four, in five innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (0-1) lost 12-0 at Ogden (Angels). Andrew Quezada (0-1, 13.50) allowed nine runs, give earned, on 10 hits, striking out three, in 3 1/3 innings.