We haven’t heard much about right-hander Jhoulys Chacin since he was released by the Rockies during spring training, but he’s back in the majors now as a member of the suddenly-relevant Diamondbacks and will start tonight against the Cardinals.
Chacin was a solid starter from 2010-2013, but he had a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts last season while dealing with shoulder issues and was cut loose by Colorado this spring after an awful showing during Cactus League action. The 27-year-old latched on with the Indians from there and posted a 3.21 ERA over seven starts at Triple-A Columbus before using an opt-out clause in his contract. He signed with the Diamondbacks two months ago and has posted a 3.39 ERA and 61/29 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts.
The Diamondbacks will enter play tonight just five games back of the Dodgers in the NL West. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Chacin is pitching tonight to give the other starters an extra day of rest. Randall Delgado made a spot start over the on Saturday after Jeremy Hellickson landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but Chacin could stick in the rotation if the Diamondbacks decide to move Delgado back to the bullpen.
Right-hander Chase Anderson’s demotion to the minors was a brief one, as the Diamondbacks recalled him as the corresponding move to placing right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Hellickson tweaked his hamstring Monday, leaving his start after 5.1 innings with what was initially called a glute injury. After back-to-back disappointing seasons in Tampa Bay he’s shown some flashes of his old, Rookie of the Year-winning self, but ultimately Hellickson’s overall numbers (4.60 ERA, 107/37 K/BB ratio in 129) are the same mediocre numbers he had for the Rays.
Anderson has spent all year in Arizona’s rotation, starting 21 games with a 4.51 ERA, but he’s struggled of late by allowing 38 runs in 42 innings since mid-June. He’ll start in his old rotation spot Sunday, with Randall Delgado taking Hellickson’s spot Saturday.
Former closer Addison Reed and his $4.9 million salary are back with the Diamondbacks one month after being demoted to Triple-A, replacing the injured Randall Delgado on the roster.
Reed pitched well in the minors with a 1.74 ERA in 11 appearances, although his 11/5 K/BB ratio in 10.1 innings wasn’t great for a 26-year-old ex-closer facing Triple-A hitters.
Reed is a perfectly decent middle reliever who was elevated to the closer role very early in his career and increased his perceived value by racking up saves, only to look like a bust when he performed like a perfectly decent middle reliever being asked to work the ninth inning.
Given his current $4.9 million salary it seems unlikely that the Diamondbacks will keep Reed via arbitration for next season when the cost would be the same or higher, so the 26-year-old could be pitching for his next gig down the stretch.