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Rubby De La Rosa Likely Out For Year With Sprained Elbow Ligament

The Dodgers dark season of 2011 just got worse, and it might mean bad news for 2012 as well. Rubby De La Rosa got the MRI results in on his sore left elbow, and the results are not good. He is likely out for the season, and might need surgery. Per the Dodgers:

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Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL. He is weighing options & determining course of treatment. Unfortunately surgery is an option.

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The rookie was placed on the disabled list earlier Monday with what was then called right elbow inflammation. In 60 2/3 innings with the Dodgers this season, De La Rosa was 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA, with 60 strikeouts and 31 walks. He pitched a combined 100 2/3 innings between Double A and MLB.

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At 22 years old, De La Rosa is still young, so long term this isn't necessarily all bad. But if he has surgery, his 2012 is largely in doubt, and that's bad news for a team that needs as many cheap good players as possible as their ownership situation isn't likely to be resolved in time to assemble next year's team with any kind of long-term plan.

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