SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's possible Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa can complete his recovery from left groin tightness and be ready to pitch April 14 against the Giants in San Francisco, the first date that the Rockies would need to go to five pitchers in the rotation. But that could be pushing the issue. De La Rosa will face hitters at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Sunday, the workout day before Opening Day on Monday.
"It's still a little sore, but not bad," De La Rosa said Saturday. "But I haven't thrown anything, so I have to make sure I'm OK."
• After getting the exciting news that he made the Rockies' Opening Day roster, infielder Rafael Ynoa went immediately to the professional preparation that helped him earn the job.
"I've watched videos of what we've seen here in Spring Training, and Milwaukee's pitchers last year, and I have an idea," Ynoa said. "I know I can hit. I'll take advantage of the situation."
• Manager Walt Weiss' lineup Saturday, minus Drew Stubbs at designated hitter, is likely the same one the Rockies will use on Monday. The players most likely to move around the lineup are Corey Dickerson, who batted second, and DJ LeMahieu, who hit ninth.
Weiss has toyed with the idea of hitting the pitcher eighth during times the team needs a jolt. That would mean either Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, the interchangeable third and fourth hitters, would hit second and third, with LeMahieu ninth. Dickerson could find himself at the seventh spot. Weiss emphasized that he doesn't think such a lineup tweak will make a major difference.
"It's not the cure-all -- I've said all along if our guys are healthy, I could probably pick the lineup out of a hat and it's probably going to be a good lineup," Weiss said.
• Rockies righty LaTroy Hawkins finished the spring 1-1 with one save and a 12.79 ERA. But with Hawkins 42 years old, Weiss is trusting the experience as well as what he sees.
"He looks the same to me as far as arm speed," Weiss said. "He's had some balls in the middle of the plate, but his control as far as throwing strikes and his stuff look the same to me. He's still pitching because he's got great arm speed and his ball gets on the hitter quicker than they think."