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Chacin (shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

The starting appointment would seem to suggest that Chacin is fully recovered from the strained rotator cuff that ended his 2014 campaign prematurely. Chacin never seemed comfortable during any of his 11 starts before being shut down, so the 5.40 ERA and 1.43 WHIP he posted don't necessarily foretell a permanent decline for the right-hander. The Rockies are wagering that a healthier Chacin will be able to return to his 2013 performance levels, when he found success through his abilities to find the strike zone with consistency and generate groundballs at a steady clip.

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Chacin is expected to be ready to pitch by the start of spring training, the Denver Post reports. According to fellow pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, Chacin "was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger."

Chacin nearly required shoulder surgery after being shut down in late June, but ended up just rehabbing. It appears his arm is returning to form, which could indicate a return closer to the numbers he posted in 2013, when he went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 126 strikeouts over 197.1 innings.

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Chacin agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Rockies to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Chacin had a lost season in 2014, putting up a terrible 5.40 ERA in 63.1 innings thanks to multiple trips to the Dl due to a shoulder injury. Before his injury, Chacin was at least a reliable pitcher capable of ERA's in the 3.30 to 3.70 range, which is valuable to the Rockies because of a certain home field of their's known for being a pitcher's nightmare.

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Chacin (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Chacin strained his rotator cuff in early July and missed the remainder of the season. His removal from the 60-day DL indicates he should be fine for the start of spring training.

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Chacin (shoulder) expects to begin playing light catch in two-to-three weeks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Chacin, who has been out since late June with right shoulder inflammation, is progressing slowly from his injury after electing to bypass surgery. He's been limited to strengthening exercises as he works to prepare his shoulder for throwing sessions, but the odds still seem to be stacked against him pitching for the Rockies again this season.

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Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) won't need surgery, but will be shut down for 4-6 weeks.

Chacin was diagnosed last week with a strained right rotator cuff and fraying in the front of his labrum. While he'll avoid surgery, he has a long way to go before pitching with the Rockies again.

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Rockies transferred RHP Jhoulys Chacin from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jair Jurrjens. Chacin is dealing with a strained right rotator cuff and fraying in the front of his labrum and is out indefinitely.

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Rockies transferred RHP Jhoulys Chacin from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jair Jurrjens. Chacin is dealing with a strained right rotator cuff and fraying in the front of his labrum and is out indefinitely.

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An MRI has revealed that Jhoulys Chacin has a strained right rotator cuff and fraying in the front of his labrum.

He'll receive a second opinion before the next course of action is determined, but obviously the right-hander will be sidelined for a while. It's not clear at this point if surgery might be a possibility. Chacin was placed on the disabled list Monday after admitting over the weekend that he's had shoulder strength issues.

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Rockies placed RHP Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Chacin acknowledged to reporters Saturday that he's been having issues with arm strength throughout the 2014 season. And it's shown in his stat lines. The 26-year-old hits the disabled list having posted a 1-7 record, 5.40 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP across 11 starts. He missed all of April with a similar shoulder issue.