Rubby De La Rosa had been making great progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but his minor league rehab assignment hit a snag on Saturday night, as the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander suffered a groin injury.
De La Rosa was making his second rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, and pitched two scoreless innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. But he said he felt something in his groin for a few pitches, and had to come out of the game.
He is in Los Angeles on Sunday to be examined by team doctors, and De La Rosa is listed as day-to-day.
Manager Don Mattingly said De La Rosa could be used out of the bullpen in September, assuming his rehab continues and progresses well, but that any production from the right-hander would be a welcome surprise.
"I wasn't really thinking about it. Rubby was going to be a bonus," Mattingly said. "To sit here and count on Rubby
doesn't make sense to me. If he has a chance to be a part of something, great. But we're not 100% there yet."