Chen back in Baltimore, looking to Orioles return

Chen back in Baltimore, looking to Orioles return
June 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

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BALTIMORE – Wei-Yin Chen looked happy to be back in the Orioles clubhouse, even if he isn’t quite ready to pitch in the major leagues.

Chen suffered a strained left oblique on May 12, and he’s been in Sarasota, Fla. rehabbing the injury.

“He’s happy to be back to the team,” Chen said through his translator.

“It’s been so long. The rehab’s been so long. I’m so happy I can get back as soon as possible.”

Chen will throw on the side on Wednesday, and then have a rehab start of at least five innings, which could be at Norfolk, Bowie or Frederick. All three are at home.

“If everything goes well on Saturday, I’ll come back really soon,” Chen said.

Manager Buck Showalter has said that it’s possible Chen will need only that one rehab start before rejoining the Orioles. The left-hander says he can’t really judge if he’s ready to pitch in the majors again.

Chen is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA in his first eight starts.

“Right now, I’m pitching like I’m in spring training, step by step,” Chen said.