The Colorado Rockies have now taken another hit to their starting rotation. Having already outdone the worst imaginable injury luck, the Rockies lost Jhoulys Chacin to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Monday.
The looms as a fairly ominous injury, something that is especially unfortunate for a guy who has missed extended periods of time in the past with mysterious injuries. In this case the concern arose from the fact that Chacin reported feeling like his arm was dead and that he could not throw the ball hard. That sounds pretty horrible, frankly.
“He’s feeling a little worse,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s been tougher for him to pitch through that. Early on, it felt like there was some rust there and it took him a couple innings to get loose.
“Now it doesn’t feel as good in between starts, so he’s having to alter his throwing program. This happened the last couple of starts. It’s escalated to the point where we needed to do something about it.”
Chacin joins Tyler Chatwood and Brett Anderson on the list of guys who were supposed to carry the rotation who are now on the DL. He also joins Jordan Lyles, Christian Bergman, and Eddie Butler on the longer list of starting pitchers down with injuries.
If that sentence standing on its own does not tell you the story of the Rockies’ demise, I don’t know what does.