Rockies release pitcher Jhoulys Chacin

The Colorado Rockies have released starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin after six seasons with the team. 
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The Colorado Rockies have released starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, the team announced Sunday

Chacin, 27, threw three innings in a spring training game on Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits. 

Chacin began last season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He returned in May and made 11 largely ineffective starts before he was shut down for the rest of the season. He was 1-7 with a career-worst 5.40 ERA.

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Chacin said the decision to release him was a surprise. 

"I was kind of 50-50," he told The Denver Post. "I haven't been pitching well. I haven't been doing what I wanted to do. But I'm surprised. I didn't expect it at this time, but now I have a chance to find something else." He added that he was hopeful another team would sign him.

Jorge De La Rosa, who led the Rockies in wins in each of the past two seasons, left his last spring training start with a tight groin


- Dan Gartland