The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Saturday that right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2011, will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
De La Rosa, now 23, made a splash with the Dodgers last year, going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 13 games with the Dodgers, including 10 starts. De La Rosa struck out 60 batters in 60 2/3 innings as a rookie, while walking 31. But he went on the disabled list with elbow soreness after a July 31 start, and had surgery in August.
This season, De La Rosa has been on the 60-day disabled list all year, and has been rehabbing at the Dodger training complex in Glendale, Arizona. Sunday will be his first time on a professional mound since July 31, 2011.
Earlier this season, manager Don Mattingly said that if De La Rosa will make any sort of impact on the 2012 Dodgers it will be likely as a bullpen arm in September.
On Sunday with Rancho Cucamonga, De La Rosa will follow Ted Lilly on the mound, as Lilly is also pitching on a rehab assignment.
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