Chen likely starter when Orioles resume on Friday

Chen likely starter when Orioles resume on Friday
July 14, 2013, 3:00 pm
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BALTIMORE – When the Orioles resume play on Friday in Arlington, Tex., Wei-Yin Chen will be the starter against the Rangers, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, Jason Hammel and Scott Feldman will follow.

Manager Buck Showalter said that he would make the rotation official after the game and tell the starters where they were pitching to keep them in line.

Chen will stay in Baltimore during the break, Gonzalez will go to California to be with his newly born daughter and Tillman in New York as a newly named All-Star.

Hammel and Feldman would pitch the first two games of the Orioles’ second post-All-Star Game series in Kansas City.
Chen and Gonzalez were available in the bullpen.

The right-hander enters the break with eight straight winless starts, and Showalter wasn’t surprised to hear the right-hander being terribly critical of his own performance on Saturday.

“I could have been, but I choose not,” Showalter said.

“If he feels that way, it’s like all my players. They’re sincere. You ask them how they feel about it, and they tell you, I’m not going to critique it. They’re grown men. I don’t go out there and tell them what to say and what not to say.”

NOTE: Steve Pearce is in a holding mode after receiving a cortisone injection in his left wrist. Pearce is on the disabled list with tendinitis in the wrist. “It makes you wonder how much it was bothering him when he was here,” Showalter said. “He wasn’t letting on.”