Orioles Chen Ready For Return To Team

July 05, 2013 | Brian Bower

The Baltimore Orioles look as if they are getting closer to the return of starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and it could not come at a better time.

Chen, the first Taiwanese player ever signed by the Orioles suffered an oblique strain against the Minnesota Twins back in May made his final rehab start yesterday for the Bowie Baysox.

Facing the Harrisburg Senators Chen looked solid through seven innings allowing only four hits and registered three strikeouts.

The Orioles most consistent starter the past two seasons came out of spring training having won the number two spot in the Orioles’ starting rotation behind Jason Hammel.

Prior to the injury Chen was 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA in eight games in 2013, including May 12′s outing in Minnesota.

Despite inconsistent starting pitching this season, the Orioles enter this weekends showdown with the New York Yankees in second place with a 48-38 record and a team ERA of 4.40.

With the Orioles making a run for their second consecutive postseason appearance, Chen will be welcomed back to the team with open arms.

The former Chunichi Dragon will likely be unavailable this weekend, however is expected to make a start next week when the Texas Rangers come to town.

 

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