Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 7.30) returns to the mound tonight for the Colorado Rockies in their 5:10 pm match-up with the New York Mets at Citi Field near Flushing Meadow in the Borough of Queens. The right-hander, who last started May 1 when he gave-up 7 earned runs on 11 hits with 4 walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers, will be reinstated from the disabled list this evening to face New York’s Chris Young (3-6, 4.50), also a righty and coming back from an injury that required anterior capsule surgery on his throwing shoulder. The 6′-10″ Young held the Reds scoreless on 8 hits with 4 walks and 4 strike-outs in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-0 Mets’ loss last Tuesday.
On June 21, 2011 Chacin was 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA, but had just walked 6 in 6 2/3 innings of an inter-league game against the Indians. He bumbled through the remainder of 2011, then got called-out by Colorado BIB General Manager Dan O’Dowd for a lacking work ethic during the off-season. All of this foreshadowed five sparkling 2012 starts during which he gave-up 20 runs on 31 hits, with 15 walks in
24 2/3 innings of work. On the verge of a demotion to Colorado Springs Chacin happened to mention his shoulder had been kinda sore, and after trips to several medical experts it was determined there was a nerve impingement in the pectoral muscle that now appears to be cleared-up. It is unknown whether the BIB ever thought to ask the 24 year-old if his arm had been feeling okay.
As of posting there is no fresh news of the roster moves the Rockies will make to accommodate Chacin. Eric Young Jr is not in the lineup posted by Colorado MFL Jim Tracy. The scrappy cast-of-characters that appeared on Monday are back, with Ramon Hernandez catching and batting clean-up. Andrew Brown moves down to sixth in the order. Terry Collins has shuffled the New York group around. Outfielders Jordany Valdespin in left and Andres Torres in center are hitting sixth and seventh respectively.
The weather at game time in the big city will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 77° F, 50% relative humidity and winds out of the south-southwest at 5 MPH. Rockies’ TV features Drew and George on ROOT with Jack and Jerry on radio KOA 850 am.