Rockies play it safe, push back De La Rosa's debut

Starter feeling 'really good' despite groin tightness

Rockies play it safe, push back De La Rosa's debut

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will skip his first Spring Training start, scheduled for Saturday, because of left groin tightness. He'll start on his next regular turn, Thursday against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

"It's precaution," De La Rosa said. "That's all it is. I feel really good today."

De La Rosa planned to play catch Saturday afternoon and throw a bullpen Sunday.

As the Rockies' No. 1 pitcher, any injury to De La Rosa sparks fear for Rockies Nation, which witnessed the 2014 season disintegrate into the second-worst record in club history (66-96) in part because of injuries to key players. De La Rosa went 14-11 with a 4.10 ERA -- 10-2, 3.08 at Coors Field -- last season.

But it's only March 6, so the panic button has no fingerprints.

"It's not serious, just a little groin tightness that he's experienced several other times this time of year," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "So, nothing major, but we're always cautious at this time of year."

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