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Rockies activate Jhoulys Chacin, disable Wilin Rosario

By on 5/04/2014 02:30:00 PM

The Colorado Rockies have long awaited the return of their ace Jhoulys Chacin, and they now have him back in the starting rotation. The Rockies Communication Department announced early Sunday afternoon that the team has activated Chacin from the disabled list and will start him against the New York Mets Sunday at 2:10 Mountain time (4:10 EDT). To make room for Chacin, the Rockies have placed catcher Wilin Rosario on the 15-day disabled list.

Chacin had a strained right shoulder, and he has not yet pitched in the regular season. During his Minor league rehab assignment, he was 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA in 18 innings over four starts. He did far better in his last two starts in Triple-A. This comes very close to a Spring Training stint in which getting back into shape is much more important than putting up numbers. Chacin has the track record of a solid pitcher: 14-10, 3.47 ERA last year while pitching many of his games in Coors Field.

Meanwhile, Rosario is not injured; he has a viral infection. NBC Sports' Rotoworld says that Rosario does not need 15 days to recoup, but the Rockies needed to disable him in order to have a spot open for Chacin. The DL stint will also give Rosario extra time to get over his infection and return to action on May 18 fully recovered. He is hitting .239 with 3 HR and 15 RBI on the season so far.

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