Chen leaves for Sarasota tomorrow

Chen leaves for Sarasota tomorrow
May 20, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during the first inning of an MLB game at Yankee Stadium.

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE – Wei-Yin Chen will leave for Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday to start rehabbing his right oblique strain. Chen won’t be eligible to pitch until May 28, but he won’t be ready by then.

“Sometimes I feel really good when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I feel discomfort,” Chen said through his translator.

“We’ll have to wait for the two-week period to see what it feels like then.”

Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t expect him to start throwing in the next week.

“I’d feel fortunate if that’s the case,” Showalter said. “I don’t think there’s some definitive date.”

Chen injured the oblique in his May 12 start at Minnesota.

“Right now, I’m running on the stationery bike. I hope I can run in the pool. Hopefully, I can accomplish my goal next week,” Chen said.

Chen’s injury is a Grade 2 strain, which would make throwing next week unlikely, Showalter said.