Status unclear, De La Rosa's MRI reveals 'nothing bad'

Dealing with troublesome left groin, lefty's return to mound up in air

Status unclear, De La Rosa's MRI reveals 'nothing bad'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa said an MRI on his troublesome left groin revealed "nothing bad." But when he will pitch in a Cactus League game or whether he will be ready for his scheduled start in the April 10 home opener is still unknown.

De La Rosa's day to pitch would be Wednesday, but he is not on that day's schedule. Eddie Butler is listed as the starter against the Giants, and there is no official indication De La Rosa will pitch in a Minor League game. De La Rosa has dealt with left groin tightness throughout the spring, and he left his start against the Athletics on Friday because of the problem.

De La Rosa was scheduled to play catch Monday.

"It was bothering me a lot, because it's the leg I push when I throw, and that takes time," De La Rosa said. "Yesterday, even when I walked, it hurt. But not today."

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