Chacon is back in baseball

By Bobbie Dittmeier
Updated: May 4, 2009

NEW YORK — Veteran right-hander Shawn Chacon, released by the Astros last season after an altercation with general manager Ed Wade, has signed with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, according to AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com.

The 31-year-old Chacon hasn’t pitched professionally since June of last season, when he was suspended for insubordination and then placed on release waivers one day after he and Wade became engaged in a confrontation on June 26 that ended with Chacon throwing Wade to the floor.

Chacon pitched for four teams from 2001-08, spending his first 4 1/2 Major League seasons with the Rockies before being traded to the Yankees, for whom he pitched in 2005 and 2006 before being dealt to the Pirates.

He signed as a free agent with the Astros prior to last season, and was 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 starts before his release.

He was a National League All-Star in 2003, when he went 11-8 with a 4.60 ERA for Colorado.

Veteran reliever Armando Benitez is reported to also be set on joining Newark, according to the Web site.