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Rubby exits Dodgers start with forearm cramp

Rubby exits Dodgers start with forearm cramp

Rubby exits Dodgers start with forearm cramp
DENVER -- Dodgers rookie starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, clocked earlier at 100 mph, left Sunday's game after the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning with a forearm cramp believed to have been caused by dehydration.

De La Rosa, who had made 83 pitches, threw a strike to Troy Tulowitzki and felt a cramp under the forearm above the wrist that locked his index finger in a curled position.

The Dodgers believe De La Rosa didn't drink enough liquids playing in the Mile High City, and he should be ready to make his next scheduled start Saturday.

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Catcher Rod Barajas motioned to the dugout that the pitcher was in trouble, and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and assistant trainer Todd Tomczyk went to the mound.

After a brief conversation, Honeycutt motioned to the dugout that De La Rosa couldn't continue. Ramon Troncoso, the closest thing to a long reliever in the Dodgers' bullpen, was brought in to relieve in a double-switch, with manager Don Mattingly taking out Andre Ethier and putting Tony Gwynn in left field. Trent Oeltjen moved from left to right.

De La Rosa (3-0) allowed a three-run homer to Seth Smith in the first inning and only one hit after that, walking three with six strikeouts in the Dodgers' 10-8 win. On the third strike to Tulowitzki to end the third inning, De La Rosa was clocked at 100 mph.

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