De La Rosa set to rejoin rotation Monday vs. Padres

Rockies lefty has been sidelined with left groin strain

De La Rosa set to rejoin rotation Monday vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- After pitching five innings, striking out five and giving up three runs (two earned) in an injury rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, lefty Jorge De La Rosa is set to rejoin the Rockies' rotation on Monday against the Padres at Coors Field.

De La Rosa, who has dealt with a left groin strain since early in Spring Training, is 45-14 in his career at Coors.

Tuesday was De La Rosa's second rehab start. He struggled to command his fastball in the first inning and gave up a two-run homer to Tacoma's Jabari Blash, whose bat broke, in the final inning.

"Physically, I feel good and pitching-wise in the fifth inning I missed my location a little bit, but the homer was a good pitch but the guy was strong," De La Rosa said. "The thing I wanted to work on was my fastball command, and it was good. I mixed that with some cutters and some changeups."

Worth noting:

• Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon can live with having his highlight catch go unnoticed.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was asked by several reporters how he felt after Tuesday night's dazzling catch in the eighth inning of a 4-1 victory over the Giants. But few asked Blackmon about his wall-crashing catch, which ended that same inning.

Blackmon's leaping catch

Playing shallow because the cold bay air was knocking down fly balls, Blackmon had to dash deep to track Buster Posey's long pinch-hit drive with a runner aboard and the Rockies leading by two. But Blackmon is fine with being overshadowed.

"I looked at my catch, I looked at Nolan's catch," Blackmon said. "If you play center field in this league, you should make the catch that I made. I don't really think there is any other third baseman that could make the play Nolan made."

Arenado said, laughing, "I don't feel as great as I did yesterday," noting that his legs, back and hand were all sore.

A woman in the front row, wearing a baseball glove hoping to make a catch of her own, used her glove hand to brace Arenado. The gesture might have been self-defense, but Arenado said it kept him from falling into the stands. He rose to his knees and nearly threw out a runner at third.

Arenado's amazing catch

The woman's helping hand and the crowd's respectful cheer impressed Arenado. Fans at AT&T Park love the Giants and don't mind heaping derision on the opponent. Arenado made sure to thank the fan.

"After the game, I did wave to her and said, 'Thank you,'" Arenado said. "I didn't know if she saw me but she waved back."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.