Jhoulys Chacin is hurt again. It is his throwing shoulder again, and it is serious again.
We won’t see Chacin back with the Rockies for a while. I suppose it’s not surprising that an injury that was investigated because Chacin said his “arm felt dead” ended up being serious, but the news stings nonetheless.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reported the following about Chacin’s injury:
Chacin has a rotator cuff strain and fraying in the labral cartilage around his right shoulder. He will get more advice from noted surgeon James Andrews in Florida and will also consult with Rockies team doctor Thomas Noonan. After those discussions, a timeline will be determined for his rehabilitation.
“This isn’t something that goes away in four or five days,” Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said. “He’s beat up.”
A medical professional I am not, but if you forced me to bet a dollar I would bet you that we won’t see Chacin for the rest of the 2014 season.
Through 11 starts Chacin had really struggled: 1-7 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 4.79 FIP that indicates a guy who was pitching quite poorly. Chacin simply was not getting the weak contact and harmless ground balls that he did in 2013 en route to a 14 win season.
Because we have gone through a lot watching Chacin over the course of his career, it can be easy to forget that he is just 26 years old. I would like to think that he still has lots of success with the Rockies in front of him. What I would love to see is a moment sometime in the future when he is successful again at the top of the rotation. I would like to think it will just be that much more gratifying for Chacin because he will have had to overcome so many setbacks.
That’s what I hope happens, because this strikes me as a serious setback, one that will require the Rockies to piece together a rotation without Chacin for the rest of the season.