Chacin Headed to Denver
will join the Rockies where he will pitch out of the bullpen, at least initially.
The Venezuelan pitching prospect was pulled from his start Wednesday at Double-A Tulsa after one inning. Indications are that was a planned move just be sure Chacin, 21, checked out fine on the mound and was not a reaction to the news that relieverwill undergo surgery Friday to remove floating bone chips from his elbow.
Chacin is expected to add depth to a bullpen that has lost Corpas and left-hander Alan Embree (broken right tibia) due to injuries and includes Ryan Speier, who hasn’t pitched for the Rockies since April 18. He replaced struggling Joel Peralta in the bullpen and rejoined the team Tuesday when his 30-day rehab assignment was winding down.
Chacin is 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA at Tulsa. He went 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA in five June starts, but six of the 12 earned runs he allowed in that month came in his final June start. After participating in the Futures Game on July 12 at St. Louis, Chacin made one start for the Drillers on July 17 and allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings.
Rolando Fernandez, the Rockies director of international operations, and Jhonathan Leyba, who directs the team’s operations in the Dominican Republic, traveled from Denver to Tulsa to watch Chacin in his brief outing Wednesday and send him off. They were in Denver on Tuesday with Dominican shortstop prospect, 16, who worked out at Coors Field.
Chacin is expected to break into the big leagues pitching in relief, something general manager Dan O’Dowd said was possible as far back as last winter. There is a chance the Rockies could need a starter next week. Jason Marquis’ start Friday against the Giants was pushed back to Tuesday at New York because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
The promotion of Chacin will open a spot in the Tulsa rotation. Left-hander, who began the year at low Class A Asheville, is a candidate to move up from high Class A Modesto. Assistant general manager Bill Geivett is scheduled to see Friedrich’s next start, which is scheduled for Friday at Stockton.
Friedrich is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts for Modesto with nine walks and 30 strikeouts and 21 hits allowed in 31 1/3 innings. After missing a month with left elbow soreness, he returned July 13 and in two starts has allowed one run and five hits in 11 1/3 innings.