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Chacin moving steadily forward in shoulder recovery

Chacin moving steadily forward in shoulder recovery

MESA, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin is happy with his progress in his return from right shoulder strain and inflammation.

Chacin threw at 90 feet Monday and will move to 120 feet Wednesday.

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"If I start feeling good, I'll keep moving [back]," Chacin said. "The good thing is I'm feeling good. My ball is coming out good. Everything feels fine, I feel strong. I'm very happy everything is working out."

The Rockies shut Chacin down without having thrown a bullpen session this spring. It turned out Chacin's shoulder began hurting when he tried to throw off a mound before Spring Training. While he is improving, it's almost a certainty he will begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list.

"I'm thinking about the long term, not rushing and getting set back," Chacin said.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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