Rockies to activate Buchholz, send down Chacin

July 23, 2010 | 9:31 pm | 17  

The long comeback of Colorado Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz is nearly complete. Buchholz, who last pitched in September 2008 before undergoing Tommy John surgery, is expected to be activated before Saturday’s game with the Philadelphia Phillies.

To make room on the roster, Jhoulys Chacin will be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Chacin will return to starting after pitching out of the Rockies bullpen since Jorge De La Rosa returned to the rotation.

Buchholz pitched for Single-A Modesto and Triple-A Colorado Springs during his rehab. In 18 games, Buchholz was 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA.


  • BillyJack | July 23, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    Nice move Jim Tracy. You keep a pitcher that totally sucks — Aaron Cook — and send down a good, young, arm simply because Cook has seniority. Well, last I checked, seniority didn’t win you a pennant.

    Here’s a hint: Pull your head out of your ass, dump Cook, bring back Chacin and get to winning that pennant.

  • Agbayani | July 23, 2010 | 9:46 pm

    Well, so much for the “civil discourse” …

  • Steve Foster | July 23, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    Well, let’s not forget that Cook pitched a great game on this road trip, too, that accounted for one of the Rockies’ two wins and that Tracy doesn’t necessarily make the personnel decisions. Chacin will be back and Cook will pitch more good games than bad in the meantime.

  • Bill | July 23, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    Steve, good point about Tracy not necessarily making the personnel moves. But I think that this if Buchholz was coming up, the logical reliever to go down was either Chacin or Corpus. And Chacin has shown good results as a starter but not much as a reliever. Work him back up to be a starter.

    Cook has been a disappointment most of the year but he was great over the weekend. We need to see that Aaron Cook, not the one who has pitched like he has on the road most of the year.

    Gotta disagree with the “tone” and language of BillyJack. This is a great site because the people here use “civil discourse” as Agbayani said even when we disagree vehemently either with each other or the way the team is being run. Plenty of sites that BillyJack would fit right in, but not this one.

  • Steve Foster | July 23, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    A road trip like this will test anyone’s nerves.

    The reality of this particular transaction is that Buchholz’s return means making room in the bullpen. The Rockies are having their struggles in the rotation, and Chacin’s return to Triple-A will actually help stretch him out so he step him the moment he’s needed.

  • BenchWarmers Sports Bars | July 24, 2010 | 12:14 am

    Doesn’t matter who comes up or down, this team has to play better as a whole. If it’s not one thing it’s another, just when you think they are about to put a nice run of games together they lose series to teams they should sweep. That being said they are only 5.5 games out, something has give one way or another, as always time will tell.


  • Beep Bow | July 24, 2010 | 12:32 am

    I just want to share with all the above the disappointmet of the decision Tracey did today Chacin has proven to be a great pitcher I compleatley disagree with the change. We wamt Chacin Back !!!!!!

  • Beep Bow | July 24, 2010 | 12:32 am

    I just want to share with all the above the disappointmet of the decision Tracey did today Chacin has proven to be a great pitcher I compleatley disagree with the change. We want Chacin Back !!!!!!

  • Rockpile | July 24, 2010 | 1:58 am

    I also agree about Chacin. He seems to have gotten the raw deal on account of Cook’s/Francis’ seniority. I have nothing against Cook or Francis–after all they are the two winningiest pitchers in franchise history–but when a team is struggling to score runs you need all of your best pitchers in the rotation. I am glad, however, since Chacin is not going to be starting, that the Rockies sent him down to AAA to be a starter. At least there he can hone what he is good at, because working in relief was not his forte.
    And maybe with Tulo coming back we can really get on an offesive role.

    Prediction: Hawpe gets traded w/i a month. His role on the team seems to be lost. I think they’ll decide Smitty is the answer in the OF. No offense to Hawpe, but if Tracy is not going to play him, then they’re looking at trading him.

  • Greg Stanwood | July 24, 2010 | 3:03 am

    Any word on the corresponding 40 man move? Chacin will open up room on the 25, but the roster is full, and Buchholz didn’t count against the roster limit because he was on the 60 Day DL, meaning another corresponding move has to be made. DFA of Reynolds or Escalona, maybe?

  • gary | July 24, 2010 | 3:12 am

    I warned u all to be ready for this.Makes sense,we’re done-read my other posts on all other HL.It,s wait till next year,relax, and be glad the ROX are no longer picked to finish last in every preseason poll. Expectations suck,have a drink and be thankful for the beauty of Colorado and that we even have meaningful baseball.

  • Mike Raysfan | July 24, 2010 | 6:29 am

    I think those upset about Chacin being sent down need to take a deep breath and relax. This is a positive not a negative. To me, this can only mean 1 thing. They are getting him ready to go back into the starting rotation.

    There is some adjustment coming from the BP to the rotation. The biggest being pitch counts and stamina. In his case, because he wasn’t out there that long, it won’t be much. I’m guessing two, maybe three games.

    Now, if they only had the luxury of bring up Phillips to catch him when he does come back up. He looked his best with Phillips behind the plate.

  • rockieswin | July 24, 2010 | 6:54 am

    What a bout Esmil Rogers? He seemed to be pitching in relief very well before DLR was re-activated…

  • Karl | July 24, 2010 | 7:56 am

    This might end up being known as the year of the changeover, from Helton and Hawpe to Cargo and Tulo’s full on team. One of the problem’s being we need the replacements to fill in for Helton and Hawpe. We don’t have the long term solutions either here or performing well enough. Situtational hitting on this trip and timely defense have been missing. Rough trip like the one in July of ’07. Yes there is still hope with these next three games and also the Pirates and Cubs coming to Coors. So let’s get back on track guys. I would prefer they keep Chacin but if he can get back to starting, he may be a solution for team in two weeks if one of our guys falters or gets traded.

    As for Agbayani and then Bill, it’s nice that we can ‘police’ this clubhouse of ours and be civil. I mean I can take getting ripped in a civil tone on Francouer in an earlier thread discussion because it’s intelligent thoughts. Well done guys.

    Maybe we all need a drink at Benchwarmers to cool off? Might help us and maybe Domenick would give us an inside the rockies discount?

  • Dustin | July 24, 2010 | 8:30 am

    Hopefully, The thinking here is that Chacin will return to the springs to get back into Rotation/Starter form, and be called up when Francis/Cook/Hammel/DLR falter.

    I think I’m most upset about the Rockies not pursuing a bat. Why are we going after bullpen arms? Granted, you can never have too many arms, but the bullpen has been the most consistent/solid part of this ballclub this entire year.

    The bats have only been good at home, and the pitching has not been consistent in two months.

  • Doctor_Christopher | July 24, 2010 | 10:17 am

    First off, have to agree, BillyJack, your comments were overbored and language inappropriate. With all due deference, there are lots of places to vent your spleen in that manner, and thus far ITR has not been one of them. You had good points but totally lost them in your approach.

    As for Chacin, did I miss his spectacular work out of the pen? I remember him being hit hard. He has not earned his spot on the 25 right now, but he will be back soon. He does have to stretch back to starter innings so he is the guy to go to next time we need someone. Is he better than Cookie? Yes, over the course of a season probably. But in what they are facing right now, I can see sticking with Cook. He did throw a gem last Sunday and he had 4 shutout innnings last night until the dreaded 5th.

    Remember this, the Pads lost 9 in a row earlier this season and where are they sitting right now? The key is not to panic. 5.5 back is worse than 5.5 up, but there are plenty of games, games against the Pads even, to close that gap if this team is good enough, and if they arn’t, well, they don’t desrve to play in October.

    Now lets go get whoever Phili is throwing out there in leui of Moyer today.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | July 24, 2010 | 12:40 pm

    If people think Cook and Francis are that bad, they should have a look at other teams’ rotations. Even the Padres and Giants have a clunker who’s worse. Cook is struggling more than usual this season but it helps to remember there are times in every season when he looks horrible (a career K rate of 3.7/9 will do that to you) and that if he finishes where he’s at, this will be the first time since 2003 that he has not been an above-average starting pitcher.

    The Chacin move is completely reversible. As others have noted, it can even yield further benefits this season as he builds up his stamina in AAA and readies himself for a return to a starting role. He’ll be back.

    Whereas if you demote Francis or Cook to the pen, and option Corpas (does he have an option left?), who’s to say that improves the pen. And a release/trade? Gimmeabreak. If nothing else they need to maintain depth, and the Chacin move accomplishes that.