Two and a half months ago, Shawn Chacon was pitching for the worst team in the National League, in the worst pitcher's park in the majors, and had not won a game in more than nine weeks.
Today, weather permitting, he will be pitching Game 4 of the American League Division Series for the New York Yankees.
"I think getting out of there," Chacon said, speaking of his old team, the Colorado Rockies, "and having an opportunity to pitch every day in a decent pitching environment, it helps. I'm not going to lie."
Chacon was 1-7 this season when the Yankees acquired him on July 29 for two minor league pitchers. Chacon went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA for the Yankees.
The Los Angeles Angels may have postponed veteran lefty Jarrod Washburn's final start with the team by knocking off the Yankees, 11-7, in Game 3. Washburn, who is expected to start Game 4, is a free agent after the season, and there appears to be little chance of the team re-signing him.
Washburn bristled initially when Angels Manager Mike Scioscia informed him he was getting the ball in Game 4, instead of Game 3. For Game 3, the Angels went with veteran right-hander Paul Byrd, saying publicly that the move was made to give Washburn extra rest for his elbow, which caused him to miss two weeks late in the season.
"That's the explanation I got, and that's fine," Washburn said. "I'm ready to pitch whenever [Scioscia] wants me to."
Angels catcher Bengie Molina, the team's cleanup hitter last night, was forced out the game after being hit on the left elbow by a Tom Gordon pitch in the seventh inning. He was diagnosed with a contusion and had precautionary X-rays. However, his status for the remainder of the series was uncertain.
Garland or Contreras?
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is debating whether to start Jon Garland, who last started on Sept. 26, or Game 1 winner Jose Contreras in the opener of the American League Championship Series.
Sheinin reported from New York, Carpenter from Boston.