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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Jhoulys Chacin throwing off a mound


By on 9/24/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies head into the final four games of the 2014 season with a record of 66-92, fourth in the National League East. Heading into the off season, there are some bright spots, as the Rockies are second in the league in runs scored, but a woeful pitching staff that is 30th in the Major Leagues in ERA has largely contributed to the poor season. One good sign for the staff is that Jhoulys Chacin threw off a mound for the first time since being shut down at the end of June.


As reported by Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Chacin last pitched on June 28 before being shut down with a slight labrum tear and rotator cuff damage. The team opted for a rehab program instead of surgery. So when he took the mound for a throwing session on Tuesday, it was a big step in his road to recovery.
"I've been really working for two months, strengthening and really working hard. I've been pain-free and throwing long-toss every day. Today was a really good day for me -- long-toss, flat ground and off the mound. I'm really happy."
Chacin was excellent in 2013, going 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA. The hopes are that he can return to be as strong or nearly as strong as he was in 2013.  He is scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday and will continue to do so until ready to throw a simulated game and eventually in games in the Venezuelan Winter League.

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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