The Colorado Rockies, however, have pushed him back due to right forearm tightness and will give the ball to Greg Reynolds(notes), who is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs for the third time this season before the teams continue a three-game set at Coors Field on Saturday night.
Chacin, who leads Colorado (40-42) with eight wins, was tagged for season worsts of six runs, nine hits and three homers in just five innings of Monday’s 7-3 defeat at Wrigley Field.
While the talented 23-year-old reported no pain after throwing a side session Friday, manager Jim Tracy chose to play it safe with one of the franchise’s best assets. Chacin is now scheduled to pitch Tuesday at Atlanta.
“From the standpoint of the soreness in the forearm, we didn’t want to take any chances,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official website. “We can, obviously, ill-afford to lose a guy like this, especially when you consider the fact that we’ve already lost our No. 2 starter (Jorge De La Rosa(notes)) for quite an extended period of time.”
Chacin’s injury opens up a spot for Reynolds (2-0, 4.08 ERA), who went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA over two starts in April and made three relief appearances in May before being returned to the minors.
“Every time I come up here, it’s always what you’re working for,” Reynolds said. “I’m just looking forward to trying to stay up here, and I’m just excited that I’m getting another opportunity.”
Reynolds seems to have a favorable matchup against the Royals (33-49), who have been held to six runs during a four-game losing streak after Friday’s 9-0 defeat—the fourth time they’ve been shut out.
“These things go in cycles. This is a club that can hit, we’ve got guys that can swing the bat, but right now it’s a struggle for us,” manager Ned Yost said.
“We’ve got to grind it out. You’ve got to keep, every day, staying after it until we turn it around. When that day comes, I don’t know, but it will come.”
Mark Ellis(notes), meanwhile, provided a huge boost in his Rockies debut, finishing a triple short of the cycle with two runs scored and three RBIs after he was acquired via trade from Oakland. Todd Helton(notes) also came up big, going 4 for 5 with a run scored and two driven in.
Colorado will look to build on its offensive outburst against Kyle Davies(notes) (1-6, 7.46), whose return from the 15-day DL marks the beginning of Kansas City’s plan to implement a six-man rotation.
“We can’t keep sending Kyle out on rehab starts. He’s ready,” Yost told the Royals’ official website. “So, we’ll see how it plays out. It might get us on a roll.”
Yost’s comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Davies, who has been out since May 16 with a sore right shoulder, has lost five straight starts.
Davies, 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA lifetime against the Rockies, has been even worse in Denver, where he has compiled an 18.47 mark over two career starts, during which Colorado is batting .531 against him.