Here's a message from Rockies pitchers, especially Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio: There is no reason to act in desperation due to their recent displays in spring training. Two reasons: One, it is still spring training. And, two, these pitchers need time to adjust, especially considering they haven't thrown at the major league level as consistently as they would have liked. "My arm strength is in full form, I feel no pain when pitching, and that's what matters most," De La Rosa said. "My current issues are with command and rhythm. I have to (get) my rhythm back." De La Rosa has a 7.36 ERA, with three runs and four walks allowed in 3.2 innings of work. Nicasio's numbers are not the best, either: he sports a 5.40 ERA with four earned runs in 6.2 frames. That contrasts with the solid display so far from Jeff Francis, who owns a 0.00 ERA with 5 strikeouts in 9.0 innings over three games. "(De La Rosa) hasn't thrown for (most) of the past two seasons," manager Walt Weiss said. "And it's not even March 10. That's why we don't want to get too carried away with him." It's true De La Rosa was able to make just three starts at the end of last season, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nicasio appeared in 11 games in 2012, after dealing with the aftermath of a serious neck injury.
Rockies pitchers to fans: Don't freak out
Purple Row | Mar 6