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Rubby De La Rosa needs Tommy John

Updated: August 3, 2011, 1:37 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- In a development that figures to have major implications for the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond this year, rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa has learned he will need Tommy John reconstructive surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Such procedures typically carry a recovery period of a year or more before a pitcher is ready to perform again at the major league level.

"With everything we have been through this year, this is ...

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