Jun 8, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) throws to first for an out in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies check in on Ervin Santana

In light of the recent news that starter Jhoulys Chacin has been shut down after reported shoulder inflammation and potential biceps tendinitis, the Colorado Rockies have checked in on the only front line starter still available, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Chacin was shut down on Sunday, but both he and the team are hopeful that the injury is nothing that will cause him to be setback any more than three weeks. At the moment, Chacin is only slated to miss the first start or two of the regular season, but if it gets to be any more serious than that, the Rockies talks with Santana may intensify. Because Kansas City offered Santana a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, the Rockies would have to give up their first-round draft pick if they signed him. Santana had been rumored to be willing to wait until after the June draft to sign with a team because of the lack of demand for his services.

The Rockies have trade acquisition Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood, and Franklin Morales competing for a fifth spot in the rotation, with Jorge de la Rosa, Brett Anderson, and Juan Nicasio likely to take the three other spots with Chacin. Colorado is hopeful that’s the only spot they will have to compete for.

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