Rockies release Jhoulys Chacin

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rockies have released starter Jhoulys Chacin. The right-hander missed most of last season due to right shoulder problems. He also struggled in four appearances this spring, allowing seven runs on 16 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.

Chacin, 27, was productive in 2013 for the Rockies, finishing with a 3.47 ERA and a 126/61 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings. He didn’t show the same velocity on his fastball that he used to have, though, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Chacin would have slotted into the Rockies’ starting rotation behind Jorge De La Rosa and ahead of Kyle Kendrick.

As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, because the Rockies released Chacin now, they’re only obligated to pay him for 45 days or $1,359,890 of his $5.5 million salary. That leaves $4,140,110 remaining.

Anthony Rizzo to wear walking boot for five to seven days

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.

Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.

Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.