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Chacin, on the DL since June 10 with a sore left elbow, reported no problems one day after pitching 4 2-3 innings for Class-A Dunedin Monday and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Saturday at Baltimore. "He feels great today," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. "We feel confident to put him back out on the mound."
Chacin allowed two run in five innings during a Triple-A start on Wednesday and is expected to join the Toronto Blue Jays for their weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The team plans to start him on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays hope to have Chacin, who has been on the disabled list since June 10, rejoin the rotation for a start on Aug. 9 against Baltimore. He is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday, although the team is still considering shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays activated the Chacin from the 15-day disabled list bofre his scheduled start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Chacin had been out since May 10 when he strained his elbow and forearm against the Oakland Athletics.
The Toronto Sun reports that Chacin probably could have made his Saturday start, but the Blue Jays have opted to be cautious and have placed the second-year left-hander on the 15-day disabled list. The Sun says the move is retroactive to May 11, the day after Chacin's last outing. Reportedly he has been sidelined with a mild sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and a strain of the left forearm.
Chacin left his Wednesday start after three innings with a sore elbow. The Toronto left-hander was bothered by the elbow while warming up before the game, and it didn't improve over his three innings. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Chacin allowed three home runs and departed after giving up five runs and six hits.
Chacin has his Rookie of the Year bid back on track after going a perfect 5-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six July starts for the Toronto Blue Jays. The five victories for the month have boosted the rookie lefthander's record to 11-5 with a 3.28 ERA for the season. Chacin limited Texas to one unearned run over 6.1 innings Sunday to give him wins in each of his last five starts.
On Wednesday, Chacin turned in his third quality start in five outings, upping his record to 4-1 with an 8-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The rookie lefthander limited the Rays to seven hits and two runs over 7.2 innings. For the season, the 24-year-old Chacin is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
Chacin outpitched a more highly regarded lefthander, Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir. The Toronto rookie has been a pleasant surprise after spending most of the last four seasons at the Double-A level. He's clearly taken the next step after going 16-2 (2.86 ERA) at Double-A New Hampshire in 2004, followed by a 2-0 stint in two starts at Triple-A Syracuse. No additional time at Syracuse seems to be needed.
After shutting out the Texas Rangers for eight innings in their hitter-friendly park on Saturday, Chacin has won all three of his 2005 starts. The 24-year-old rookie limited the Rangers to just two hits, and he now has allowed just three runs over 19 innings. His 1.42 ERA ranks third in the American League.
Chacin spent four summers at the Double-A level and finally broke through with a 16-2 (2.86) season at New Hampshire in 2004. By comparison, adjusting to the major league level has taken no time at all.