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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rockies' rehab assignment plan for Jhoulys Chacin

By on 4/19/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Colorado Rockies are awaiting the return of their ace Jhoulys Chacin from the disabled list. The wait is getting shorter as Chacin is starting to see more action in his Minor League rehab assignment. Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding of has outlined the plan that the Rockies have for bringing Chacin back to the Majors by the end of April.

Per Harding, the plan goes as follows:

  • Chacin threw 50 pitches for Class A Advanced Modesto last Tuesday. He allowed four earned runs in 2.2 innings.
  • He will next pitch Saturday night, and head trainer Keith Dugger says that Chacin could throw as many as 65 pitches. 
  • Chacin will then meet with the Rockies back in Denver for evaluation. 
  • On Thursday, April 24, Chacin will start for Double-A Tulsa. The alternative is Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, April 25. The evaluation would help determine which game Chacin pitches.
  • Finally, the Rockies will decide on either returning Chacin to the Major League roster or giving him another Minor League start. His performance would help determine which way he goes. 

Chacin is recovering from right shoulder strain suffered late in Spring Training. He has not pitched a Major League game yet this season, but he is on track to do so soon. If Chacin returns after the April 24 or 25 start, he could then see action against the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which runs from April 28-30. His final Minor League start would determine which Diamondbacks game Chacin would get.

Chacin was 14-10 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 31 starts for the Rockies last year. He was 9-5, 4.18 ERA at Coors Field and 5-5, 2.44 ERA on the road.

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