Chen pitches well in debut
The Baltimore Sun,
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen took the mound for the first time in a Grapefruit League game Saturday and delivered a solid two-inning performance in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.
Chen threw 23 pitches, 17 for strikes, and seemed pleased with the way he threw after waiting more than a week for his first exhibition appearance.
Chen, Jason Hammel and Miguel Gonzalez have been held back slightly so they don't pitch too much during a spring training lengthened because of the World Baseball Classic.
"I really appreciate our coaching staff because I had soreness on my knee before, so they pushed back [my start] a little more for me," Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. "But really, I'm on schedule right now."
Chen was referring to the end of last season, when the team gave him extra rest because he was feeling soreness in his right knee and was more accustomed to pitching in a six-man rotation in Japan. He had an ice pack on that knee after the game but said it feels fine this spring.
"We're still easing him, but as I said a few times last year, he's one of the few guys coming over from a six-man [rotation] who physically can work into a five-man real easily," manager Buck Showalter said.n