DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin showed health and velocity Thursday in his second injury rehab start for Double-A Tulsa. Now manager Jim Tracy is hoping to see quality.
"The health part is very important, but we'd like to see some consistency."
Chacin, coming back from nerve damage in his chest, went four innings and gave up five hits and four runs -- all on former Major Leaguer Kevin Kouzmanoff's grand slam -- in a 6-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas at Tulsa. Chacin, who gave up seven hits and five runs in 2 1/3 innings for Class A Modesto in his first rehab start, is scheduled to pitch once more for Tulsa, then make a start for Triple-A Colorado Springs before being activated.
Chacin was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts for the Rockies before going to the disabled list and being examined repeatedly until the true nature of the problem was discovered. Now the Rockies hope Chacin, considered a front-of-the-rotation talent, can regain health and pitch well to finish the season.
"My understanding is, physically, he feels fine today, no ramifications from a health standpoint whatsoever," Tracy said. "He's got a couple more starts to go. Hopefully, we'll see him a little bit better numbers wise.