Rockies P Chacin shut down with sore shoulder

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies' first full-squad workout was missing a key arm.

Jhoulys Chacin, the team's top right-handed starter a year ago, was shut down Sunday because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

He's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

"I feel good about the fact that we caught it early," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's had it at times in the past. Not necessarily last year, but I think the year before. So we're being really cautious with it. It's the first day of camp, so we've got time on our side.

"We'll hope for the best, but I'm not overly concerned right now, just because it's February," he said.

Chacin had been limited with his throwing in the first few days of camp.

"It sounds like it's something he tried to pitch through in the past and it kind of lingered and lingered," Weiss said. "So we're trying to get ahead of it."

Chacin was Colorado's most reliable pitcher in 2013, logging a team-high 197 1-3 innings. The 26-year-old went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA and allowed only 11 home runs despite playing home games in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

But the Venezuela native had arm problems in 2012, when he was limited to 14 starts.

On a staff without a true ace, Chacin and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa top Colorado's rotation. Weiss indicated it was too early to rule out Chacin as a possible opening-day starter.

"We'll know in the next few days or a week when we have a better idea how serious it is," Weiss said.