08/13/12 11:59 PM ET
Young takes pinch-hit approach in full-time role
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Chacin to make another rehab start at Triple-A
DENVER -- Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin is healthy and effective, but the Rockies want to make sure, so they're going to assign him one more injury rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday night.Chacin, coming back from a chest nerve injury that has kept him off the Major League mound since May 1, threw 84 pitches in 6 1/3 innings and showed good velocity and movement Saturday for Colorado Springs. After checking him out, the Rockies had him throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday that by all reports went well. Now, Chacin will be asked to throw 85-90 pitches Thursday against Albuquerque. "I think it's just to make sure that he's definitely in the direction and path that we want him to be in, and I personally feel it's a very wise thing to do, rather than push the envelope so hard that we shove him right back," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "One extra start would be very good for him." The volume and intensity of pitches Monday probably made it impossible for him to start against the Brewers on Wednesday, which would have worked into the Rockies' four-man rotation. The Rockies have given no indication that they're willing to back away from the paired pitching plan -- four starters, with three starter-type relievers. But Tracy said he was not going to commit to anything until seeing how Chacin checks out after Thursday's start. Chacin was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts before going to the disabled list. He is eager to start anew. "I still want to pitch well and try to get my command," Chacin said. "I did good Saturday in the Minor Leagues, and now I feel good. My arm and body feel good. "If I keep doing what I've been doing, I can get back and pitch better. I've learned from this year." The Rockies expected Chacin to key a season-opening rotation that did not have veteran lefty Jorge De La Rosa -- who is still recovering from elbow surgery last year, although he did have a strong bullpen session Monday. However, Chacin unexpectedly lost power on his fastball and his arm never felt healthy. It took numerous examinations, and finally a visit to vascular specialist Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis, before the nature of the problem was pinpointed. Chacin, 24, said he might have created the issue by drifting away from the "Jobe exercises" -- a program developed by noted surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe to concentrate on the smaller muscles that are more meaningful to a pitcher than the large muscle groups, which are the focus of most weight programs. Having never had arm issues before, Chacin felt he could add power by working bigger muscle groups, but he has been told his program helped create the chest injury. The Jobe exercises are back. "Now that's all I've been doing," Chacin said. "Now I feel the difference and my arm feels good."
Pomeranz battling soreness, may miss start
DENVER -- Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz is not certain to start Wednesday afternoon against the Brewers because of a soreness in his chest area on the left side, manager Jim Tracy said.Tracy said he and pitching coaches Bo McLaughlin and Jim Wright will discuss the issue, and monitor how Pomeranz (1-7, 5.04 ERA) feels. With days off working in his favor, Pomeranz has not thrown on three days' rest as often as other Rockies pitchers, but he is still battling periodic soreness. The Rockies entered the season looking to closely monitor the innings thrown by Pomeranz, who threw 119 1/3 between the Minors and Majors last season and has 111 1/3 this year -- 60 2/3 with the Rockies. In other health developments: Outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer, currently on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, said Monday night he will play at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday and Wednesday on a rehab assignment. He hopes to rejoin the club Thursday to open a four-game series against the Marlins. Shortstop Josh Rutledge limped after hitting a ground ball during Sunday's loss to the Giants and received postgame treatment for soreness in his left quadriceps. Manager Jim Tracy kept him out of the lineup on Monday but doesn't expect the problem to be serious. He also rested third baseman Jordan Pacheco. A CT scan has revealed that left-hander Christian Friedrich has a fracture of the L-5 vertebrae. The result confirms that he will miss the rest of this season. Friedrich is doing activities with the club but is wearing a solid back brace.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.