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Elbow injury shelves All-Star pitcher

DENVER -- Colorado right-hander Shawn Chacon was shut down
for the rest of the season by the Rockies on Wednesday because of a
nagging elbow injury.

Chacon went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday for the second
time this season because of inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Chacon, 11-4 in the first half of the season, was selected to
the All-Star Game despite going on the DL two weeks before the
game. The inflammation and discomfort never completely went away,
however, and Chacon went 0-4 since returning from his first stint
on the DL.

"We've talked to our doctors and I had a conversation with
Shawn today,'' manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday. "We are of the
opinion that he's going to be shut down.''

Rockies trainer Tom Probst said the decision to end Chacon's
season was made because his condition wasn't improving and he
already had gone on the DL twice.

"Since this is the second bout this year, we just decided that
shutting him down was in the best interest for him at the present
time and for the future,'' Probst said.

An MRI this week showed inflammation of the flexor mass,
matching an MRI taken when Chacon was first injured in June.

Chacon reluctantly accepted the decision.

"I'm going to do all my rehab stuff as if I'm trying to get
healthy again this season,'' he said. "But the doctors don't seem
to think it's going to happen.

"My mentality is I want to get healthy and pitch again. But at
the same time I don't want to come back and have it happen again. I
want this to be the last time I go through this.

"When it keeps coming back like this, it's telling you that you
just need to shut it down.''