Rockies right-handed starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the team announced on Monday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Chad Bettis has been recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Chacin told reporters after his disastrous outing in Milwaukee on Saturday that he "can't get strong," which is probably why his velocity sat at 86 to 88 mph while he was smacked around to the tune of seven runs on 11 hits in 5⅔ innings. The 26-year-old righty seemed to be on the right track after a rough start, seeing improved velocity match solid results in a three-start stretch earlier this month, but that has given way to a couple of really poor outings against NL Central clubs and a back to the drawing board type of approach from Rockies.
Chacin is 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts. He's inducing ground balls at a really poor rate compared to previous seasons and his legendary home run luck from 2013 has disappeared.
The Rockies will call upon Bettis to help the bullpen while it awaits the return of Boone Logan, who has made a couple of rehab appearances in Colorado Springs. While the rookie reliever has shined in Triple-A (1.72 ERA, 32 strikeouts in 31⅓ innings), he has been awful for the Rockies, posting a 10.05 ERA in 14⅓ frames.
After having already gone through 12 starters during the first half of the season, it appears the Rockies will now need one more. Triple-A starters Brian Burres, Pedro Hernandez and Brett Tomko are all uninspiring in-house options while top prospect Jon Gray looms -- but not ready, I should add -- in Double-A, as does 2011 first-round draft pick Tyler Anderson.
I didn't think it was possible for things to get worse, yet here we are.
UPDATE: Of course, the one option I didn't cover -- Franklin Morales -- is the one the Rockies will insert into the rotation to take the place of Chacin beginning on Thursday. So, there you go.