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MIA@COL: Chacin fans four in solid start vs. Marlins

After the Brewers prevailed, 7-5, in Saturday's rain-soaked game, the Rockies need to take Sunday's rubber match in order to end their homestand at .500. For Milwaukee, clinching the series would be a bright spot after a rough week that included dropping four of six games following Ryan Braun's suspension on Monday.

Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin and Milwaukee's Donovan Hand were hit with a ball in their previous starts, but five days later, they'll both be back on the hill at Coors Field.

Hand's Tuesday outing against San Diego ended after the fourth inning because he was hit in the right hand with a 97-mph fastball while batting. He allowed seven hits and two runs. X-rays were negative, and the righty has had swelling and soreness over the last few days.

He'll make his fifth start of the season, and he has given up seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings in his first four after making 12 relief appearances.

"Ninety-seven to the hand is not very comfortable," Hand said on Thursday. "I was thinking I was fortunate to get out of the way. It's just a big bruise and some soreness. It's not broken, so hopefully it'll heal fast. But when it first happened, I had a bad feeling."

Chacin took a line drive off the thigh in his Tuesday outing, but navigated through the pain to allow three runs over seven innings. He's 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA and .280 batting average against spanning four July outings, and he has picked up the win in six of his last eight starts.

"I have felt really great. The stuff from the past is behind me. I just spent way too much time on the disabled list," Chacin said Thursday.

He was limited to just 14 starts in 2012 due to a chest injury.

"This season, I'm better physically and mentally. That's why I've been able to have the outings I've had, so far," Chacin said.

Brewers: Estrada cleared to begin rehab assignment
Brewers starter Marco Estrada will begin a Minor League rehab assignment after throwing successful live batting practice Friday. He's battled hamstring and back issues, sitting on the disabled list since June 5.

"We'll see how smooth those go, and where his pitch count gets to," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It would be a nice arm to get back, if he pitches like he did last year."

Estrada posted a 3.64 ERA in 29 appearances last season (23 starts) and started the club's second game of 2013. He was 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA in 12 starts this year before going on the DL.

Rockies: Gonzalez sits again Saturday
Carlos Gonzalez missed his second straight start after he aggravated a sprain in the middle finger of his right hand on Thursday night. He missed two games earlier in July with the same injury.

"It's getting a little better. I just wanted to make sure that when I throw him out there, he's ready to go, and we could ride him for a while," manager Walt Weiss said. "Want to make sure he's healthy enough that we can do that."

• The Rockies sent reliever Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Colorado Springs Saturday to make room for Collin McHugh, who allowed six runs in five frames in his first career start with the Rockies on Saturday. Weiss opted to keep outfielders Corey Dickerson and Jordan Pacheco with the club, because Gonzalez's injury is lingering.

Worth noting
• After wrapping up their 10-game homestand, the Rockies will travel to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New York for a 10-game road trip.

• Milwaukee will keep Tom Gorzelanny in the rotation for now. He's made 32 appearances in relief and five starts. Toward the end of the season, the club will consider bringing up pitching prospects Johnny Hellweg and Jimmy Nelson, according to Roenicke.

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