Rockies recall Chacin, place Buchholz on DL

August 17, 2010 | 5:38 pm | 2  

The Colorado Rockies on Tuesday recalled right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to take the rotation spot of Jeff Francis, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with shoulder tendinitis. Chacin will make his 13th start this season in the major leagues in the series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tracy Ringolsby reported via Twitter that right-handed reliever Taylor Buchholz was not on the lineup card and the team later announced Buchholz was placed on the disabled list with a lower back stiffness. With Ubaldo Jimenez‘s eight-inning performance Sunday followed by an off day, the Rockies can go with a short bullpen for a few days.

Chacin is 5-8 with a 4.04 ERA for the Rockies in 2010, but has been slightly better in the starting rotation than the bullpen, going 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA in his previous 12 starts. He last started for the Rockies on July 2 against the San Francisco Giants, picking up his fifth win with six solid innings. Chacin then was moved twice to make room for pitchers activated from the disabled list, first shifting to the bullpen to make room for Jorge De La Rosa in early July then returning to Colorado Springs to create a roster spot for Buchholz late in the month.

Chacin made three starts after his return to Triple-A. In his final start Aug. 10, he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks. In two stints with the Sky Sox, Chacin is 3-2 with a 1.51 ERA.

Buchholz has been solid for the Rockies since returning from the Tommy John surgery, but has allowed at least one baserunner in each of his outings. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances and has allowed 10 hits and six walks while striking out nine in 10 innings.


  • RocketMan | August 17, 2010 | 10:03 pm

    Just got in to see Chacin melt down in the fifth. There really isn’t anything to say., except this just ain’t the year.

  • Agbayani | August 17, 2010 | 10:43 pm

    It sure ain’t our year.

    Another weird thing: Spilly has taken some really bad routes on fly balls this year. Witness the double that busted the game open tonight. I used to think of him as a plus corner outfielder who could play CF in a pinch. This year he’s looked like a definite minus in RF/LF.