Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
In 2010 and 11, the Colorado Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin looked like one of the better young pitchers in the National League. Equipped with one of the game's best sinkers, Chacin posted a 3.48 ERA in 331 innings over those seasons.
His 2012 hasn't gone nearly as well. Before going on the Disabled List with a pectoral injury in early May, Chacin went winless in five starts and racked up a 7.30 ERA.
Tuesday night, he will finally return to the Rockies' rotation. Troy Renck:
Chacin, out since May with a right pectoral issue, has shown steady improvement on his rehab assignment, maintaining consistent velocity and getting groundball outs. He worked seven innings on Thursday in an 11-2 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. Chacin allowed one run on five hits with three walks. He threw 91 pitches, 55 for strikes. He recorded nine groundball outs.
It's been a long road back for Chacin, who actually struggled badly in a few of his minor-league rehab outings. But the Rockies presumably wouldn't be bringing him back if he weren't back to full strength, or close. It's not like they need him for a pennant race or anything.
Chacin will join the Rockies' experimental four-man rotation and, like his rotation-mates, will be on a loose 75-pitch limit in each start.