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Tyler Chatwood ‘feels good’ on rehab assignment, ready to re-join Rockies

The rehabbing pitcher threw five shutout innings in Modesto.

Tyler Chatwood warms up prior to the game.
Jen Mac Ramos

MODESTO, CALIF.—Tyler Chatwood threw 66 pitches in five shutout innings on a rehab assignment with the Modesto Nuts on Thursday night.

Chatwood allowed only one hit, gave up two walks, hit a batter, and struck out three in his rehab outing. He also had one error on a throw to first in the first inning, but the runner was out on a double play.

“It felt good to get back out there and throw,” Chatwood said.

Suffering a back strain, Chatwood’s last appearance was on Jun. 18, where he only threw 1⅔ innings.

“The training staff did a good job,” Chatwood said. “We got on top of it before I did anything worse to it.”

Chatwood said that the plan is for him to re-join the team in Los Angeles today as the Rockies start a three game series against the Dodgers.

As for his time in Modesto, Chatwood said that he enjoyed helping out the Nuts’ players with the tradition of the rehabbing big leaguer buying the minor leaguers dinner. Chatwood previously rehabbed with the team in 2015.

“It's pretty cool whenever a guy comes down,” Chatwood said. “You get to eat good that night and you get to see how they go about their business.”

He recalls when he was coming through the Angels organization and having Scott Kazmir and Torii Hunter rehab with the team.

“It's nice to take care of these guys,” Chatwood said. “It's tough, it's a grind down here. Just [being] able to take care of them and help them out that little bit—it means a lot.”

As for the difference between when he was coming up through the minor leagues with then Angels affiliate Rancho Cucamonga, he said that the ball stays in the park in Modesto.

“The ball goes nowhere compared to there,” Chatwood said. “Some balls were hit hard out there tonight and they didn't go anywhere. It was pretty weird. But it's fun to come back here.”