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Jhoulys Chacin Injury Update: Pitcher Nearing Return

After compiling 20 wins over the past two seasons, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has missed three months of the season due to a nerve injury. Chacin had surgery in May on his chest to relieve pressure on a nerve and hasn't pitched since. However, according to the Denver Post, Chacin could be close to a return, as he is set to begin a rehab assignment:

He will begin his minor-league rehab assignment this week with Single-A Modesto. The plan is for Chacin to make one start with Modesto, two with Double-A Tulsa and a final tuneup with Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies want to gradually increase his pitch count to 90.

Prior to surgery, Chacin struggled for the Rockies, compiling an 0-3 record in five starts with a 7.30 ERA. Last season, Chacin won a career-high 11 games with a very solid 3.62 ERA.

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