I'm shocked... I did not expect this at all; especially at this point of the season. Sure, I thought the likelihood that he would be back at Dodger Stadium when the rosters expanded to be pretty high, but now?
I guess his recently pitching has been far too impressive to ignore. I suspect that he'll be coming out of the pen. Furthermore, I'd be surprised if he gets a lot of work considering he got Tommy John Surgery last year. Per a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra to Triple-A Albuquerque. Guerra appeared in 44 games for Los Angeles, posting a 2-3 record with eight saves and a 2.66 ERA (13 ER/44.0 IP).Below is a video of Rubby pitching a couple of weeks ago for the Rancho Cucamonga Storm.
De La Rosa, the Dodgers’ 2010 Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year, had been on the disabled list since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 9, 2011. In the minor leagues this season, the 23-year-old posted a 1-0 record and did not allow a run to score over 12.0 innings in stints with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Arizona League Dodgers. In 13 appearances (10 starts) with the Dodgers in 2011, the native of the Dominican Republic was 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA. De La Rosa will wear uniform number 41.
The number of players on the Dodger 40-man roster is now 40.
Here are his stats from Baseball Reference. You'll notice that he has pitched a total of 12 innings this year in 4 total appearances and has yet to give up a run. His last game was on the 18th, and he pitched 4 innings. Rubby gave up 2 hits while striking out 2 and walking 1.
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