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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Jhoulys Chacin shut down 4-6 weeks

By on 7/08/2014 09:15:00 AM

Colorado Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin will not need surgery but he has been shut down for at least 4-6 weeks after an MRI revealed a right-rotator cuff strain and some fraying in the labrum, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Chacin had been shut down during spring training, also with shoulder inflammation. Chacin went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 2013 and was expected to be the ace right-hander of the staff this season. Instead, Saunders says, "he was 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts, and his velocity dropped from about 89-91 mph to about 86 mph."

A promising season for the Rockies (22-14 on May 7, tied for first in the NL West) has gone south as injuries accumulated. In addition to Chacin, starters Brett Anderson, Christian Bergman, Tyler Chatwood, Eddie Butler and Jordan Lyles are all currently on the DL, together with reliever Nick Masset, and star offensive players Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Since June 16, they have lost 22 of 25 games and dropped to 37-53, 13-5 games back of the LA Dodgers.

Chacin, 26, was signed by the Rockies out of Venezuela in 2004 and made his debut July 25, 2009 at age 21. He lost more than half of the 2012 season (97 games), with shoulder inflammation, but when healthy has had an excellent record with an ERA below 4 and 30+ starts in 2010 and 2013, despite the challenges of pitching in Coors Field. Chacin is in his second arbitration year ($6.5 million) and under team control through 2015.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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