The Rockies are currently on pace for their worst season in franchise history, but they are set to get some help down the stretch.
According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Jhoulys Chacin is scheduled to rejoin the starting rotation Tuesday night against the Mets. The 24-year-old right-hander has originally placed on the disabled list in early May with what was termed as right shoulder inflammation, but he was later diagnosed with a nerve irritation in his right pectoral muscle.
Chacin tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday, despite walking three and failing to register a strikeout. He had an ugly 7.30 ERA and 22/15 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings in five starts prior to the injury.
This has been a lost season for Chacin, but the Rockies are hopeful he can at least go out on a good note and provide reason for optimism going in 2013. He had a 3.62 ERA in 31 starts last season and a 3.28 ERA as a rookie in 2010, so if healthy, he should still be a big part of the team’s future.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.