After a touch more than two weeks on the Injured List with a lower back strain, Jhoulys Chacin is ready to return to active duty for the Milwaukee Brewers. It was announced over the weekend that Chacin would get the ball for the Milwaukee Nine to start Monday night’s series opener in San Diego, and earlier this afternoon the club made that move official by clearing space on the roster for the veteran right-hander:
RHP Jhoulys Chacín has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list and will start tonight. RHP Jacob Barnes has been optioned to Triple-A San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/XDpJvvipNL— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 17, 2019
Chacin was the top starter on Craig Counsell’s staff in 2018, but inconsistency and unreliability have marred his current season. The hurler has struggled to locate his pitches throughout the year and he was ranked dead last in baseball according to the BP command metric ‘Called Strikes Above Average’ when he went on the IL in early June. Overall, he has worked 58.0 innings across 12 starts with an ugly 5.74 ERA, along with marks of 6.83 K/9 and 4.50 BB/9. Now that Chacin is back to face the starting nine from San Diego, Freddy Peralta figures to be shifted back into a bullpen role.
Chacin will take Jacob Barnes’ spot on the roster. He has made only two appearances in the last two weeks, logging 4.0 innings while allowing three earned runs. The righty reliever is the owner of a 6.86 ERA in 19.2 big league innings this season, though his work for Triple-A San Antonio has been considerably better. Barnes has yielded only one run in 7.1 innings at the highest level of the minors in 2019.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs