The Dodgers, in a surprise move, activated Rubby De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list today.
It's surprising because there had been zero chatter of the Dodgers activating him this soon. But I couldn't be happier to see him back.
Javy Guerra, who has been pretty good in his last nine outings (11 1/3 IP, 13 K, 0 runs allowed), was optioned to Triple-A. That part is also a bit of a surprise as Shawn Tolleson is staying on the active roster instead. Hopefully he pitches a little more now.
Guerra will be back on Sept. 1 (if not sooner) when the rosters expand.
The Dodgers need to be careful with De La Rosa. The temptation will be there to use him frequently, but he's coming off Tommy John surgery and will need to be in the rotation come the start of 2013.
I'm looking forward to seeing De La Rosa on the hill again, but it should be strictly as a reliever. There's no reason for him to be in the rotation (or room, for that matter).
By activating him before Sept. 1, De La Rosa is eligible for the postseason roster, should the Dodgers make it.
Welcome back, Rubby. You were definitely missed.