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Rockies pondering winter ball for Chacin

Rockies pondering winter ball for Chacin

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Rockies pondering winter ball for Chacin
SAN FRANCISCO -- Whether Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin pitches in winter ball in Venezuela will depend on how he makes adjustments during the course of his final outings, and not just on building a catalogue of innings, pitching coach Bo McLaughlin said Tuesday.

Chacin (2-5, 4.58 ERA), missed more than three months with a nerve issue in his chest and has made just 11 starts, covering 55 innings. Chacin mentioned after five strong innings Monday night, when he didn't figure in the decision in a 2-1 loss to the Giants, that he will discuss winter ball with the organization.

McLaughlin said if Chacin pitches the way he did Monday, when he didn't have his best stuff but quickly found ways to keep innings form spinning out of control, he might not need the postseason work.

"The first game he came back, everything was good timing, good rhythm and make a lot of good pitches," McLaughlin said. "Then he started feeling better and better, but he got out of his delivery. But last night whenever he got out of his delivery, he made the adjustments to get back. He did it three times last night and was excellent. If he can keep on doing that, I don't know whether he needs a whole lot of [winter] innings. We'll have to see how he goes."

For now, Chacin said he plans to go to the Rockies' complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to throw a few innings during instructional ball. If he pitches beyond that, it'll be in Venezuela for Caracas.

"I don't know if they're going to let me pitch in Venezuela," Chacin said. "I want to but I don't know if they've made a decision."

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