First bullpen to be bittersweet for Chacin

First bullpen to be bittersweet for Chacin

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin plans to throw his first bullpen of Spring Training on Saturday -- the most telling step that he is past his shoulder injury and ready to begin his preparation for the season. But Chacin also finds himself preparing for a sad time.

While Chacin believes he can be ready in April -- the club has set May as the target for his season debut -- what is clear is that the club will break camp without him. It will be like watching all the other children go outside to play while he has to stay inside and study.

"It's going to be tough when they leave and I have to stay here," Chacin said. "I'm just trying to get better and get back soon."

On Thursday, Chacin threw at full speed. He was on the mound, and the catcher was in front of the plate. He has thrown a few gentle breaking pitches while playing catch, but he does not know when the Rockies will allow him to throw hard breaking pitches.

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