Colorado is about to get some reinforcements for its pitching staff.
Jorge De La Rosa and Taylor Buchholz will begin minor league rehabilitation assignments next week after throwing well in a simulated game Saturday at Coors Field.
De La Rosa (3-1, 3.91 ERA) has been out since April 25 with a torn tendon in his left middle finger. He is scheduled to start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, when he will be limited to 65 to 70 pitches.
If all goes well, the left-hander will throw 75 to 80 pitches on June 27 and 90 to 95 on July 2. The earliest he could be back in Colorado’s rotation is July 7 against St. Louis.
Buchholz, a right-handed reliever who had offseason elbow surgery, will begin his rehab assignment with Colorado Springs on Thursday.
Manager Jim Tracy said both pitchers threw much better Saturday than they did in a simulated game at Minnesota earlier in the week.
Tracy seemed particularly pleased with De La Rosa’s progress.
“I didn’t see any reservation whatsoever from De La Rosa in throwing his off-speed pitches this afternoon,” Tracy said. “I saw him throwing all his pitches and throwing them aggressively and with conviction, which was a very, very good sign.”
Kansas City Royals center fielder Rick Ankiel, on the 15-day disabled list since May 4, had a setback during his minor league rehab assignment and returned to Kansas City for treatment on his right quadriceps. … Derek Jeter was a late scratch from the New York Yankees’ lineup Saturday against the Mets with a bruised right heel. … Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to come off the disabled list and start against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. … Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game against Tampa Bay on Saturday night with a tight right hamstring. … Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Zach Duke will miss his scheduled start Tuesday because of a strained elbow.