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Shawn Chacon


Chacon played catch Tuesday and will likely start _ barring any setbacks _ Sunday in Cincinnati. If his sore right knee experiences a setback, RHP Victor Santos will start in Chacon's place.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pirates will skip Chacon's turn in the rotation on Monday after the right-hander had his knee drained and he received a cortisone shot. He is day-to-day and is expected to make his next start. Victor Santos is expected to start for the Pirates on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.


The Pirates acquired Chacon from the New York Yankees for infielder/outfielder Craig Wilson on Tuesday.


The New York Yankees activated Chacon from the disabled list Sunday and had the right-hander start the finale of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated right-hander Scott Erickson for assignment. Chacon pitched five innings against Oakland, allowing six hits and five runs including two homers before being pulled from the 6-5 loss Sunday.


Chacon was picked as the No. 4 starter by Yankees manager Joe Torre on Friday. The right hander was 7-3 with a 3.44 ERA for New York in 2005 after spending the first part of the season with the Rockies. Chacon joins Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang and Jaret Wright in the New York rotation.


Chacon and the New York Yankees reportedly agreed to terms with a one-year $3.6 million contract Friday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for next week. The Yankees' pitcher was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 28, 2005. The former All-Star right-hander can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses.


Chacon recorded his third consecutive win, allowing six hits and two runs over seven innings, as the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-2.


Chacon notched his second win in a row, tossing eight shutout innings in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees' righthander, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies late last month, scattered four hits, struck out five and walked three.


The New York Yankees acquired Chacon from the Colorado Rockies late Thursday, in exchange for two minor league righthanders. In 12 starts and a relief appearance, the 27-year-old Chacon was 1-7 with a respectable 4.07 ERA for the Rockies. The Yankees need him to fill one of their numerous holes in the major league rotation. He probably will pitch Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


Following a month's absence because of a strained left hamstring, Chacon was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies in time to take the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. The righthander struggled in his return, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out two and walked a pair. Reliever Matt Anderson was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open a spot on the roster.


The Rockies have placed Chacon on the disabled list, retroactive to June 3. The pitcher suffered a strained left hamstring running the bases against Chicago on May 26, but did go five innings in a start against St. Louis on Thursday, getting a no-decision.


If Chacon has no problems in his bullpen session on Tuesday, he will be ready to take the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, as scheduled. The Rockies' righthander has been limited since spraining his right ankle while breaking back to first base in the fifth inning of last Monday's matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers.


While breaking back to first base in the fifth inning of Monday's matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers, Chacon sprained his right ankle and was forced to leave the game. The Rockies' righthander, who allowed two runs on three hits prior to his departure, will be evaluated over the next couple of days to determine if he will be ready to take the mound against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, as scheduled.


Chacon, who missed some time in spring training with a strained hamstring and a bruised pitching hand, is nearly back to full strength, and barring any setbacks, he will take the mound against Arizona Diamondbacks on April 12. He's slated to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday as a final tuneup.

Chacon served as the Rockies' closer in 2004, but was 1-9 with a 7.11 ERA and 35 saves in 44 opportunities. The team believes he should be more comfortable in a starting role this season.