Royals-Rockies Preview

Following his ugliest effort of the year, Jhoulys Chacin was

likely looking forward to regrouping with a matchup against the

soft-hitting Kansas City Royals.

The Colorado Rockies, however, have pushed him back due to right

forearm tightness and will give the ball to Greg Reynolds, who is

expected to be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs for the

third time this season before the teams continue a three-game set

at Coors Field on Saturday night.

Chacin, who leads Colorado (40-42) with eight wins, was tagged

for season worsts of six runs, nine hits and three homers in just

five innings of Monday’s 7-3 defeat at Wrigley Field.

While the talented 23-year-old reported no pain after throwing a

side session Friday, manager Jim Tracy chose to play it safe with

one of the franchise’s best assets. Chacin is now scheduled to

pitch Tuesday at Atlanta.

“From the standpoint of the soreness in the forearm, we didn’t

want to take any chances,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official

website. “We can, obviously, ill-afford to lose a guy like this,

especially when you consider the fact that we’ve already lost our

No. 2 starter (Jorge De La Rosa) for quite an extended period of

time.”

Chacin’s injury opens up a spot for Reynolds (2-0, 4.08 ERA),

who went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA over two starts in April and made

three relief appearances in May before being returned to the

minors.

“Every time I come up here, it’s always what you’re working

for,” Reynolds said. “I’m just looking forward to trying to stay up

here, and I’m just excited that I’m getting another

opportunity.”

Reynolds seems to have a favorable matchup against the Royals

(33-49), who have been held to six runs during a four-game losing

streak after Friday’s 9-0 defeat – the fourth time they’ve been

shut out.

“These things go in cycles. This is a club that can hit, we’ve

got guys that can swing the bat, but right now it’s a struggle for

us,” manager Ned Yost said.

“We’ve got to grind it out. You’ve got to keep, every day,

staying after it until we turn it around. When that day comes, I

don’t know, but it will come.”

Mark Ellis, meanwhile, provided a huge boost in his Rockies

debut, finishing a triple short of the cycle with two runs scored

and three RBIs after he was acquired via trade from Oakland. Todd

Helton also came up big, going 4 for 5 with a run scored and two

driven in.

Colorado will look to build on its offensive outburst against

Kyle Davies (1-6, 7.46), whose return from the 15-day DL marks the

beginning of Kansas City’s plan to implement a six-man

rotation.

“We can’t keep sending Kyle out on rehab starts. He’s ready,”

Yost told the Royals’ official website. “So, we’ll see how it plays

out. It might get us on a roll.”

Yost’s comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

Davies, who has been out since May 16 with a sore right shoulder,

has lost five straight starts.

Davies, 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA lifetime against the Rockies, has

been even worse in Denver, where he has compiled an 18.47 mark over

two career starts, during which Colorado is batting .531 against

him.

Davies can’t be excited about having to face Helton or Troy

Tulowitzki, who are a combined 9 for 17 (.529) with one home run

versus the right-hander.