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Friday, July 4, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Carlos Gonzalez, Boone Logan, Jhoulys Chacin

By on 7/04/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday by the score of 3-2, to drop the Rockies to 36-50 on the season. Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu had two hits each in a losing effort. LaTroy Hawkins allowed a run in the ninth inning to take the loss. On the injury front, Boone Logan and Carlos Gonzalez should return soon, while Jhoulys Chacin may need surgery on his right shoulder.

As reported by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, Gonzalez took batting practice on Thursday and had only mild discomfort in his left hand. He will most likely take batting practice today, face live pitching over the weekend and head off for a rehab assignment. Gonzalez feels he'll be ready to return near or shorter after the All-Star break.

Gonzalez, in his seventh Major League season, is batting just .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 52 games this season.  In 110 games last year, he batted .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI.  Gonzalez is a two-time All-Star with a career batting average of .296 with 133 home runs and 450 RBI. 

As for Logan, expect the lefty reliever to return to the Rockies tonight.  He pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his fourth rehab outing on Wednesday. He's been on the disabled list since June 5 with left elbow inflammation and says he feels the best he's felt in a long time.

Logan, in his ninth Major League season, is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in 21 appearances this season. The veteran has pitched for the White Sox, Braves, Yankees and Rockies. In 441 career games, Logan is 25-13 with a 4.46 ERA.  

The news on Chacin is not as good, as he'll know today whether or not he'll need surgery to repair his right shoulder.  Chacin had an MRI on Monday that revealed a right-rotator cuff strain and some fraying in the labrum.  The injury is a concern, as it is more serious than the injury in spring training that sidelined him.
“These past two weeks have been pretty bad for me with my arm. Surgery is very possible. It got a little better for a while. I could throw the ball better, but then it got worse and worse. I couldn’t throw hard, I couldn’t finish my pitchers. It was tough when I tried to throw sliders of throw with sink.”
Chacin is 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts this season. Chacin was a 14-game winner last season with an ERA of 3.47.  The six-year veteran from Venezuela has a career record of 38-48 with a 3.78 ERA.

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