Eaton Up; Chacin Down
The Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Adam Eaton from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday and optioned RHPthere, one day after Chacin’s ill-fated first major league start.
Chacin would not have been available to pitch in relief for a few days after throwing 71 pitches in 2 2/3 innings against the Pirates on Tuesday.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Eaton, LHP Alan Embree, who suffered a broken right leg when hit with a line drive July 10, was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.
Eaton, 31, went 3-3 with a 2.67 ERA since joining Colorado Springs on July 9. He had been scheduled to start Wednesday night for the Sky Sox. The Rockies signed Eaton three days after he was released by the Orioles. In eight starts for Baltimore, Eaton went 2-5 with a 3.35 ERA.
After allowing one run in five innings in four relief appearances, Chacin made his first major league start Tuesday and allowed four runs on one hit and six walks in 2 2/3 innings against the Pirates. He was the losing pitcher as the Rockies fell 7-3.
Chacin threw just 36 of 71 pitches for strikes against the Pirates and threw first-pitch strikes to six of the 14 batters he faced. By going down to the Sky Sox, Chacin, who was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to the Rockies without ever pitching for the Sky Sox, can enhance his development by getting regular work as a starter. If he merits it, Chacin can be brought back when the rosters are expanded next month.
Chacin started against the Pirates in place of, whose scheduled start was pushed back four days until Saturday because of a sprained right big toe.