Jorge De La Rosa Headed to Disabled List
So far in 2010, De La Rosa had picked up right where he left off in 2009. That's to say that he's been striking out a ton of batters (26 in 23 innings) and been difficult enough to hit that his walk problems haven't hurt him, as his 3-1 record and 3.91 ERA show. That's on the heels of his 13-2 finish over his last 18 starts last year, in which he put up a 3.36 ERA and struck out 111 hitters in 109 2/3 innings.
Though a finger injury may seem innocuous, it can really be anything but. Former Indians' prospect Adam Miller's career has been derailed by a damaged pulley in the middle finger of his throwing hand and he may never reach the majors. Adam Wainwright also missed a significant amount of time in 2008 with a pulley injury, though he recovered. It sounds like the Rockies caught this injury early, before it advanced to the stage that either of those other pitchers reached, and if it keeps De La Rosa from tearing a ligament it means they're lucky in the long run, even if he misses a few starts in the early part of the season.