"I've fielded ground balls, bunts, everything, and I feel no pain. So everything is good," Chacin said. "I have no problems. I just missed two starts, so I'll do the same thing I was doing -- throw strikes, get hitters out, let the defense help me."
The Rockies entered Friday the surprise early leader in the National League West. But Chacin, who started Opening Day, but unabashedly said his goal this year is to start Game 1 of the World Series, doesn't count himself among the surprised.
"I know the talent that we have, and we're showing it," Chacin said. "We're playing together. Some days we don't hit, but we pitch. Some days we don't pitch well, but we hit. That's how good teams put things together."
Manager Walt Weiss said he is not sure how the Rockies will clear the roster spot for Chacin. Candidates to be sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs are right-handers Tyler Chatwood and Juan Nicasio. Chatwood came up to replace Chacin and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts. Nicasio is 3-0, but with a 4.91 ERA and has struggled to pitch deep in games.
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