DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin's two-inning bullpen session on Thursday went well enough that he will face hitters at Coors Field on Tuesday afternoon.
If all goes well then, Chacin, who hasn't pitched since May 1 because of a nerve issue in the right side of his chest, hopes to begin a Minor League injury rehab assignment. Chacin, 24, was expected to move into a leadership role on the staff, but pitching through injury he was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts before being deactivated.
"Everything feels good, like it used to before; this is the best I felt since last year," Chacin said.
Chacin was being mentioned as an All-Star Game candidate during the early part of last season, when he was 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA in his first 15 starts. But he battled forearm tightness and struggled for the rest of the season. He finished 11-14 with a 3.62 ERA. The Rockies were hoping he would regain health and consistency this year, but he struggled with problems from the start of Spring Training, and it took until mid-May to determine the exact nature of the injury.