GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers believe that tenderness in the throwing shoulder of top pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa is minor and expect him back on the mound as early as Thursday.
Inflammation caused De La Rosa to be scratched from game appearances the past two days, but plans call for him to have a bullpen session Thursday. Apparently he has had occasional issues with the shoulder in the past that have been minor.
The 22-year-old power pitcher was last year's organization pitcher of the year, splitting time between Class A Great Lakes and Double-A Chattanooga. His composite four-year ERA is 2.90 with a .225 opponents' batting average.
This spring, he has made two appearances and allowed two runs in four innings with one home run, three strikeouts and no walks.