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Dodgers place Rubby De La Rosa on DL with sprained elbow [Update]

August 1, 2011 |  4:24 pm

Rubby Well, there is a certain consistency to the Dodgers’ crumbling season.

One day after their would-be pitching wunderkind, Rubby De La Rosa, was roughed up in an 103-pitch, four-inning effort Sunday against Arizona, the Dodgers placed him on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

[Update: The results of an MRI exam showed a sprained right elbow ligament. The Times' Dylan Hernandez reports De La Rosa could be done for the season, and surgery is a possibility.]

In a mostly frustrating season for the bankrupt Dodgers, they had gambled and called up De La Rosa from double-A Chattanooga at the end of May.

And their 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year mostly delivered.

De La Rosa, 22, was 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA going into Sunday’s game. He was hitting up to 100 mph on the radar gun and had a competitive demeanor on the mound that belied his youth.

But little went right for him Sunday, and at his age and with his future all ahead of him, the Dodgers did the right thing by placing him on the DL when his elbow became sore.

Counting his innings at Chattanooga, De La Rosa has thrown 100 2/3 innings this season, just shy of his career-high of 110 1/3 innings set last season.

To take his place on the roster, and presumably the rotation, the Dodgers called up right-hander John Ely on Monday. He is with the team in San Diego. De La Rosa did not make the trip.

Ely, who had an up-and-down season for the Dodgers last year (4-10, 5.49 ERA), was 6-4 with a 5.43 ERA at triple-A Albuquerque. He was called up over Dana Eveland (11-5, 3.26 ERA).

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rubby De La Rosa. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire