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Jhoulys Chacin out a week, Carlos Gonzalez staying left

4:54 PM, Feb 23, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Big names are already being associated with big headlines in Scottsdale and the full squad has only been together for a couple days.

On Sunday, after the team's first full squad workout, the club announced Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin is being shut down for at least a week. The right handed pitcher has inflammation in his throwing shoulder and an MRI is scheduled Monday to determine the root of the inflammation. Trainers think the issue is either his biceps tendon or rotator cuff.

Injuries like this never happen at a good time and manager Walt Weiss says the team will not rush Chacin's return, despite his importance to the rotation.

"I feel good about the fact that we caught it early. He's had it at times in the past, not necessarily last year, but the year before," Weiss said. "So we're being really cautious. We've got time on our side. We'll hope for the best, but I'm not overly concerned right now, just because it's February."

Earlier in the weekend, Weiss told the media he plans to keep Carlos Gonzalez in left field rather than move him to center field. Back in December, after the Rockies traded Dexter Fowler, the plan was to move CarGo to center and shop for a left fielder. Instead they traded for a center fielder in Drew Stubbs.

Surely Rockies fans in left field will be happy Gonzales is staying nice and close, just as he has been since 2009. This off season, in an interview with Susie Wargin, CarGo mentioned how much he cherishes the relationship he's developed with Rockies fans in those sections.

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