Injury Knocks Out Rockies' Rosario
DENVER—Just when he was blossoming at Double-A Tulsa, Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario will have to take a significant detour.
Rosario, 21, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a rundown play at the beginnig of August. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the injury ended his 2010 season and will delay his start in 2011. The recovery could take eight months, and the Rockies expect he'll be able to return to the game's most physically demanding position without any loss of effectiveness or durability.
"We're not concerned about that at all, because there was no cartilage damage to the knee," farm director Marc Gustafson said. "There was a just a complete tear of the ACL. No other ligaments or cartilage were involved. He'll be back, and there's no doubt in our mind if he puts in the work, which we know he will for the rehab, he'll keep the leg strong and he'll be back behind the plate."
This is the second consecutive year Rosario suffered a season-ending injury. At high Class A Modesto in 2009, a sprained left wrist ended his season on July 28, though he returned to play in the Arizona Fall League.
Rosario, who played for the World team in the Futures Game in July, was starting to put it together offensively at Tulsa. He hit .285/.342/.552 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 270 at-bats and was the Texas League player of the month for July, when he hit .314/.360/.743 with nine homers in 70 at-bats.
"No words can describe the disappointment and how bad we feel for Wilin, because of what a tremendous person (he is) first of all and what a great year he was putting together," Gustafson said. "The type of play, the consistency. I mean, everything that you're looking for, he was taking care of it."
• Catcher Jordan Pacheco was promoted to Tulsa from Modesto, where he hit .321/.407/.444 with five homers and more walks (54) than strikeouts (36). Righthander Adam Jorgenson also moved up to Tulsa after going 0-1, 1.60 with 24 saves at Modesto.
• Shortstop Hector Gomez finished a rehab assignment at short-season Tri-City and rejoined Tulsa, where he had sustained a back injury in the second game of the season that sidelined him for more than three months. He was 10-for-29 (.345) with four doubles in his first seven games back.