"Jhoulys Chacin had a tremendous outing last night," manager Jim Tracy said of the right-hander's Thursday night start in Triple-A Colorado Springs. "He got into the 90-pitch range. He pitched into the eighth inning. He threw the ball extremely well from what I understand, and he came in here today and he has just the normal soreness that you like to hear after a guy goes out and throws like that and throws 90 pitches."
Chacin is tentatively set to pitch Tuesday in New York, rejoining the Rockies and their rotation for the first time since going on the disabled list on May 6 with right shoulder inflammation. Chacin was the Rockies' No. 3 starter coming out of the gate in April, and was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts.
With Drew Pomeranz plugging back into the rotation after missing a start, that gives the Rockies and their celebrated four-man rotation a string of five pitchers scheduled to start in the next five days, with Jeff Francis on the hill Friday night, followed by Tyler Chatwood on Saturday, Pomeranz on Sunday, Alex White on Monday and Chacin on Tuesday.
"That's where we're at over the course of the next five days, and then actually we'd be back to Francis and Chatwood the two days beyond that," Tracy said.
Whether the Rockies will stick with their four-man rotation or expand to a traditional five-man group remains to be seen, and Tracy was not ready to elaborate with specifics.
"There's flexibility with this in relation to any part of it that you want to talk about," Tracy said. "You have someone that's coming back that hasn't pitched since early May, and you have to be flexible enough to be able to plug this guy in as we go along over the next several days and we'll see where it all goes. We may have to readjust it again. There's a possibility that we will."
One of the issues the Rockies are juggling is limiting Pomeranz's innings in the promising pitcher's rookie campaign. He has had lingering biceps and pectoral soreness through much of the season, and he has skipped his turn in the rotation a couple of times recently.
"We'll see how Drew Pomeranz responds on Sunday," Tracy said.