Rockies RHP Chacin scratched with back spasms
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who is slated to start for Colorado
on opening day, has been scratched from a split-squad start against
the Texas Rangers due to back spasms.
Chacin pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and
has been limited to 4 1-3 innings in three Cactus League starts
this spring. He reported the back problems on Thursday and the
Rockies decided to start Tyler Chatwood against the Rangers on
Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced on Tuesday that Chacin will
start the April 1 opener in Milwaukee. Chacin was 3-5 with a 4.43
ERA in 14 starts last year, when his season was cut short by a
pectoral muscle injury.