The Colorado Rockies released starter Jhoulys Chacin today, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports. The right-hander had a miserable spring, allowing seven runs in 9 2/3 innings on 16 hits and four walks while striking out five. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as Chacin was penciled in behind Jorge De La Rosa and ahead of Kyle Kendrick in the Rockies’ rotation. The Rockies will be on the hook for 45 days of pay for Chacin, or $1,359,890, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He has $4,140,110 remaining.
Chacin struggled last season as well, finishing with a 5.40 ERA and a 42/28 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings. He missed time during spring training and at the beginning of the season due to right shoulder issues, as his season debut didn’t occur until May 4. His last start came on June 28 as he went back on the disabled list with more right shoulder issues. It has been a frequent problem for Chacin, as he made only 14 starts in 2012 for similar reasons.