DENVER -- Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin threw "very well" in a two-inning simulated game on Tuesday afternoon. "He felt fine, was very free and easy," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. Chacin (right-shoulder inflammation) has been on the disabled list since May 2 after beginning the season 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA. He used his full complement of pitches on Tuesday, throwing 30 during the simulated game -- 15 per inning.
The next step for Chacin will be another simulated game on July 22 in Colorado Springs while the Rockies are in San Diego. Tracy expects the righty to add another inning, bumping the projected pitch total to 45. "If he passes that test, we're getting closer to entertaining the thought of sending him out and getting him started," Tracy said. It's possible Chacin will be limited to the hard stuff next week. In his five starts this year, he struggled commanding his fastball, issuing 15 walks in 24 2/3 innings. Of his 119 first pitches, 55 were called balls (46 percent). "He was throwing his full complement today, but that's not to say they won't take something away temporarily because they want him to focus on his fastball command," Tracy said. "Forcing him to do that may necessitate him not using one of his pitches."