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Rockies demote righty Jhoulys Chacin and his 7.30 ERA

May 2, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

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Jhoulys Chacin posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 333-plus innings between 2010-2011, becoming one of the only reliable members of an ever-fluctuating Colorado starting rotation. But the good times have suddenly come to a screeching halt for the 24-year-old Rockies right-hander.

Chacin allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the Dodgers and was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday night as the owner of a 7.30 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 22/15 K/BB ratio through five starts.

The Rockies are expected to make a corresponding roster move before Friday’s game and will need to name a new starter by Monday. Jeremy Guthrie is still at least a week away from returning from a sprained right shoulder, so Colorado may look to prospect Alex White to fill the now-vacant rotation spot.

Chacin will presumably be brought back quickly if he begins having better results down on the farm.

  1. ezthinking - May 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Way to go ODowd! This guy needs a refresher. Alittle bus time should get his head on straight.

  2. thehypercritic - May 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Good call. I’m sure he just doesn’t care enough because bing a pre-arb player whose future income can dramatically fluctuate given performance offers less incentive to get his head straight than a few meals at waffle house.

  3. bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I watched that game and I have to say, if I was seeing Chacin for the first time, I’d have been asking how the guy was in the Major Leagues. Mechanically he was a mess. During one stretch he was releasing the ball before he had planted his landing foot. And as you might imagine those pitches were high in the strike zone.

    I’m not sure whatever ailing him is physical . . . but he’s clearly got some work to do.

  4. mjay424 - May 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Jhoulys Chacin has far more talent and ability than he’s showing.

    If I’m the Rockies, and if they haven’t done it, I ask for another medical examination if Chacin is, as reported, is showing decreased velocity.

    I’m guessing he has to be hurt in some way and that news will eventually come out.

    However, let’s say that is not the issue. If so, then the demotion is necessary, but not to Colorado Springs, but to Double-A, not as punishment but as a place to work on mechanics and outside of altitude at Colorado Springs. I’d keep Chacin there until I saw increased velocity, healthy repeatable mechanics and consistent success.

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