As the Los Angeles Angels look to improve their pitching staff this upcoming season, they may have to start the year without reliever Dane De La Rosa as he is dealing with a right forearm strain.
De La Rosa informed the Angels about the injury after the team’s game on Mar. 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game the 31-year-old struggled with his command as he walked two batters and allowed two hits. He also had problems with his command in his spring training debut as he walked three batters in his one inning of work.
In his rookie season with the Halos in 2013, De La Rosa played in a major role out of the bullpen as he proved to be a reliable by appearing in 75 games where he posted a 6-1 record with a 2.86 ERA, a team-high 20 holds and 65 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched. So with that said, the potential loss of the right-hander for the Halos would be a significant blow to the team to start the season.
If De La Rosa were to miss any time, it would open up a roster spot for either Michael Roth, Brandon Lyon or Fernando Salas who have all had stellar starts to spring training as they all have yet to allow a run. But all in all, it does not appear that De La Rosa will miss a long period of time as he will likely use the remainder of spring training to rest and let his injury heal.
Luckily for the 31-year-old and the Halos, it is not too serious of injury and will only be a minor setback that will just force him to miss the rest of spring training.