DENVER -- Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who has shown vivid pitch action but spotty control during his brief Major League career, will have another chance Wednesday afternoon when he starts the final meeting of a three-game series with the Braves.
Manager Walt Weiss, whose team was swept in a doubleheader Tuesday in frigid temperatures at Coors Field, is hoping Chatwood, 23, can calm the hot bats of the Braves, who homered six times in Tuesday's doubleheader. Chatwood, who bounced between the Majors and Minors last season and went 5-6 with a 5.43 ERA with the Rockies, will start in the place of righty Jhoulys Chacin, who suffered a back strain on Friday night and is on the 15-day disabled list.
In three starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs, Chatwood is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts against four walks.
"He's had some good outings here lately," Weiss said. "He's a power arm. He's got good stuff. He's been throwing strikes down there. We look for him to give us a chance to win."
The Rockies chose Chatwood over left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who is 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts at Triple-A and would have been available for the game.
"Drew's coming along real well, still working on some things," Weiss said. "It's not a real easy decision but we decided to go with Tyler."
To make room for Chatwood, the Rockies are expected on Wednesday to option right-handed reliever Rob Scahill to Colorado Springs. Scahill threw three scoreless relief innings in Tuesday's first game, a 4-3 loss.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less