09/18/12 10:57 PM ET
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By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Rockies pondering winter ball for Chacin
SAN FRANCISCO -- Whether Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin pitches in winter ball in Venezuela will depend on how he makes adjustments during the course of his final outings, and not just on building a catalogue of innings, pitching coach Bo McLaughlin said Tuesday.Chacin (2-5, 4.58 ERA), missed more than three months with a nerve issue in his chest and has made just 11 starts, covering 55 innings. Chacin mentioned after five strong innings Monday night, when he didn't figure in the decision in a 2-1 loss to the Giants, that he will discuss winter ball with the organization. McLaughlin said if Chacin pitches the way he did Monday, when he didn't have his best stuff but quickly found ways to keep innings form spinning out of control, he might not need the postseason work. "The first game he came back, everything was good timing, good rhythm and make a lot of good pitches," McLaughlin said. "Then he started feeling better and better, but he got out of his delivery. But last night whenever he got out of his delivery, he made the adjustments to get back. He did it three times last night and was excellent. If he can keep on doing that, I don't know whether he needs a whole lot of [winter] innings. We'll have to see how he goes." For now, Chacin said he plans to go to the Rockies' complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to throw a few innings during instructional ball. If he pitches beyond that, it'll be in Venezuela for Caracas. "I don't know if they're going to let me pitch in Venezuela," Chacin said. "I want to but I don't know if they've made a decision."
Reducing passed balls will be priority for Rosario
SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Wilin Rosario, whose passed ball Monday night allowed a run to score in the Rockies' 2-1 loss to the Giants, is expected to do some kind of catching work at the organization's request after the regular season ends, manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday.Rosario, 23, who leads National League rookies with 24 home runs but also leads Major League catchers with 20 passed balls, could participate in instructional ball or winter ball in the Dominican Republic with an eye toward improving fundamentals. Tracy said it isn't clear what prescription the organization will offer, but there will be one. "We're talking about a number of different things," Tracy said. "I really don't want to get into the details of it today, but putting a program in place for him to get started on sooner than later is something that we are gearing ourselves toward. "Moving forward, these things have to improve measurably between now and the start of next season. Those type of things matter, as we have seen." Rosario committed five passed balls in two one-run losses in Philadelphia earlier this month. In the current four-game series with the Giants, Rosario will not catch Thursday, when left-handed veteran Jorge De La Rosa makes his season debut. De La Rosa, completing a comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery, will pitch to Jordan Pacheco, Tracy said.
Ailing hamstring keeps CarGo out of Rockies' lineup
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Giants after testing his sore left hamstring during the afternoon.Gonzalez didn't start Monday night but grounded out -- and didn't look good running down the first-base line -- in the ninth inning. The lingering soreness and the brisk weather in San Francisco led to the decision not to start him Tuesday. "I ran and it didn't go well, so that's why they took me out," said Gonzalez, hitting .307 with 22 home runs and a team-high 85 RBIs in 131 games. "If I'm not 100 percent, they don't want me to play. I'm like 60-65 percent. Being here doesn't help because of the weather." Gonzalez said the hamstring should heal in time for him to play before the end of the season. Also, the Rockies gave rookie second baseman Josh Rutledge the night off Tuesday to rest a sore left quadriceps. Rutledge labored while running out his RBI triple in Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Giants.
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.