Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lower back, the club announced Sunday. In a corresponding move, fellow right-hander Rob Scahill was recalled from Triple-A.
Chacin, 25, is out to an excellent start to the 2013 season, so this is a bad break for the Rockies. Chacin is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.
Once a top-50 prospect, the talented Chacin has shown flashes of being a frontline pitcher in the past but had never been able to put it together for prolonged stretches, so his start to the 2013 season is a great sign for Colorado. Chacin was the Rockies' opening day starter, so obviously he's held in high esteem by the organization.
Scahill, 26, had a 1.04 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings last season out of the Rockies' bullpen. He has a 4.26 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 12 2/3 relief innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
There's no immediate word on who will replace Chacin in the rotation, but there are several options in Triple-A that would work, including Tyler Chatwood, Chris Volstad, Christian Friedrich and Drew Pomeranz.