KUSA - These games in spring training don't matter in the sense that they don't count. But the work that goes into preparing for them - especially for the pitchers, their mechanics and routines on the mound - is crucial.
So while the Rockies decision to shut down starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin due to inflammation in his shoulder that was revealed in an MRI Tuesday. It's merely precautionary, yet it understandably feels much worse for the pitcher.
"I have talked to him and he feels a little sad right now, but I told him that the boys are behind him," catcher Wilin Rosario asserted. They understand his feelings but also know that a completely healthy Chacin is important to their team.
"The more recovery time that he can get the quicker he's going to get back and pitch. I hope it will be a week or two weeks and we can get him for the season," he continued.
Colorado made the decision early in an effort to avoid and more complications with his arm.
Chacin had his most effective year in the big leagues last season - going 14-10 and throwing 197.1 inninings for the Rockies. The year before though, the right handed pitcher was only able to participate in half the season after battling a problem with his chest and pectoral muscle. Colorado decided to opt for rest in an effort to avoid any additional more missed time during the regular season.
"It's something that he's dealt with in the past but hopefully we're getting out in front of it and it won't be something that lingers," manager Walt Weiss said. "We're trying to look at the big picture - the season in its entirety instead of just opening day."