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Chacin awaiting World Baseball Classic approval

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he had not heard as of Tuesday afternoon whether right-hander Jhoulys Chacin had received clearance, based on his physical, to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

Chacin, who missed much of last season with a nerve issue in his chest but finished the year healthy and pitched winter ball in Venezuela, has said he wants to play, and the physical result -- which he expects to be positive -- is the final hurdle.

If Chacin receives the go-ahead, Weiss said the Rockies will have to incorporate Chacin's Classic schedule into their pitching plans leading up to the regular season.