The Rockies placed starting pitcher Juan Nicasio on the 15 day disabled list Sunday, a day after he strained his left knee trying to corral a run-scoring single by Los Angeles third-baseman Elian Herrera. A magnetic imagery scan (MRI) is scheduled this morning for Nicasio. Presuming the desired negative result, the DL stay plus a couple of rehab starts at Colorado Springs could benefit the right-hander, who has allowed 12 runs and 22 hits in his last 12 2/3 innings pitched over three starts.
Jorge De La Rosa, meanwhile, is also scheduled for an MRI this morning. The left-hander, recovering from elbow surgery, experienced biceps tightness in his most recent rehab start for the Sky Sox, and fluid developed in the elbow following the appearance. This after bouts with forearm stiffness in two earlier starts at Tulsa, the prospects for help from the one-time staff ace any time soon are clearly in-vain.
Right-hander Guillermo Moscoso has been recalled from the Springs to take Nicasio’s roster spot. The schedule, which includes two off-days in the coming weeks, may permit Colorado to go with a four-man rotation during that period, staving-off the frightening prospect of starts by Moscoso, author of two disasterous outings early last month.