Jhoulys Chacin quietly had a quality season for the Colorado Rockies in 2013. He was their Opening Day starter and was steady for most of the season, winning 14 games with a 3.47 ERA while pitching half of his games at the house of horrors that is Coors Field.
This spring Chacin is working his way back from a shoulder issue, and while that rehab has been going well, it sounds like the Rockies will be without him to start the season. From Thomas Harding of MLB.com:
The Rockies shut Chacin down without having thrown a bullpen session this spring. It turned out Chacin’s shoulder began hurting when he tried to throw off a mound before Spring Training. While he is improving, it’s almost a certainty he will begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list.”
It’s a long season, of course, so the Rockies are wise to take it slow and keep the big picture in mind. That said, they open the season with only two days off for the first month or so. To be down one quality starting pitcher for that stretch will put the Rockies and their pitching depth to the test right away.