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Rubby De La Rosa scratched due to intercostal injury

05.21.13 at 12:29 pm ET
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PAWTUCKET — Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday in Triple-A Pawtucket due to what manager Gary DiSarcina characterized as a left intercostal injury incurred while playing catch on Monday. DiSarcina suggested that the injury did not appear to be serious, but noted that the precise duration for which the hard-throwing prospect will be sidelined remains unknown. Yeah, he came up yesterday, with’€¦he played catch and on the last throw he kind of tweaked his side muscles, so he’€™ll be down today, Hernandez will fill in.

“He’€™s feeling better today, to what level or degree, I don’€™t know. It just happened yesterday, I think he said it happened on his last throw. Any time a pitcher feels something in his intercostal area, you don’€™t want to send him out there. I think it was on his left side, actually, so his pull side,” said DiSarcina. “It’€™s no biggie, just sit him down for this start, reevaluate him … It won’€™t set back Rubby too much.”

Left-hander Chris Hernandez will make the spot start in place of De La Rosa. De La Rosa, 24, is amidst a stretch of 18 innings without permitting an earned run, a stretch during which he has 22 strikeouts and eight walks. On the year, he has a 3.65 ERA with opponents hitting just .180 against him in eight starts.

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