The Colorado Rockies are now without four of the five guys who were supposed to make up their starting rotation this season.
In the case of three of those guys, injuries have forced them to the disabled list. In the case of the fourth, Juan Nicasio, it was a demotion to Triple-A that removed him from his spot. Either way, this gives you a pretty good idea of why the Rockies are sinking so fast in the standings.
Chacin’s injury sounds especially worrisome, as it is the ominous “throwing shoulder inflammation.” The Rockies had him checked out after the right-handed starter said he just feel like he couldn’t get his arm strong this past weekend. Patrick Saunders and Nick Groke of the Denver Post report the following:
Chacin on Saturday complained of something like deadness in his pitching arm.
“I really don’t know what’s wrong with my arm. I can’t get strong,” Chacin said after the team’s 7-4 loss to the Brewers. “Even if I throw extra hard, I can get one (pitch), but then I can’t throw the next one hard.”
The Rockies have already used 12 men in their starting rotation, the most in the big leagues. They will now have to keep patching things together without one of their best starters from the last few seasons.