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Colorado Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa on track for April 14 return

After a whole bunch of back-and-forth regarding his status, it appears Jorge De La Rosa will make his 2015 debut sooner rather than later.

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First he was going to be ready, then he wasn't, and now he is again.

Colorado Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, and if all goes according to plan, will start for the big league club in San Francisco on April 14, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.

The Rockies won't need a fifth starter until that date, meaning they'll be able to ride out their current four-man rotation of Kyle Kendrick, Jordan Lyles, Eddie Butler and Tyler Matzek for two cycles. Christian Bergman, added to the Opening Day roster as a reliever, would have been chosen to start on April 14 had De La Rosa not been ready, a scenario that was close to happening.

De La Rosa initially was expected to make that start, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss told Nick Groke of the Denver Post over the weekend that it would be an "absolute best-case scenario" if the veteran southpaw made his 2015 debut before the end of the month.

The Rockies could use some best-case scenarios for once, so let's rejoice about this one panning out, assuming De La Rosa's rehab start goes well.


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