Jorge De Le Rosa is almost exactly one year younger than I am, which helps me to understand how even a professional athlete can randomly develop an issue that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Having the surest thing in a rotation of unsure things limp off the mound got me thinking about health and the Rockies.
There have been people on this site who have pointed out that the Rockies' problem is not so much health as it is an issue with scouting that left the team so thin with talent that the minute a hole is opened up in plan A, plan B often ends up looking like plan F. Brew Crew Ball had an excellent article here highlighting the excellent work of Jon Roegele of Hardball Times, who created a spreadsheet of Tommy John surgeries by organization.
Perhaps unsurprisingly to some here, our NL West golden horseshoe companions from the Bay Area lead all organizations with just 11 surgeries since 2005. Only 3 of those surgeries in that stretch were performed on MLB players. What is surprising is to see the Rockies come in at ninth on that list with 15 organizational players going under the knife, and just five at the MLB level in that stretch. The team that has truly experienced arm-ageddon in that time is the Atlanta Braves, with 30 total UCL replacements, 14 at the MLB level. While the Braves' scouting ability has helped them locate more arms to fill those gaps, they still felt the need to trade MLB talent to secure prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Manny Banuelos, Arodys Vizcaino and Max Fried to augment their on hand talent.
Nick Groke from the Denver Post explains that at least as far as the Rockies are willing to say, De La Rosa is just dealing with some groin tightness. Interestingly, he also mentions that JDLR's right hand was heavily bandages. BandagEd haNd that Gets Hurt And Zero explanatIon? Sounds legit.
Purple Dinosaur Podcast's own Tyler Maun has an excellent writeup about how a former Yankees second-round pick and eventual New York-Penn League Hall of Famer hit .318/.432/.464 with per 650 PA numbers of 16 homers, 52 steals and more walks than strikeouts in his one taste of pro ball. The article mentions that this man chose to play football before fading into obscurity. I hear he is working in middle management somewhere.
Thomas Harding's piece about Charlie Blackmon focusing more on getting on base would be welcome to those around the Row who are concerned about him leading off. The piece includes a quote from Eric Young, a guy who knew a little bit about leading off:
"He's done a lot of homework this Spring Training to get himself into that position. He'll have a higher on-base percentage"