BALTIMORE – Wei-Yin Chen hoped it wasn’t his oblique muscle. The Orioles confirmed that he strained it while pitching Sunday, and on Tuesday, they officially placed Chen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday.
Chen strained his right oblique during the fifth inning of Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
“I’m really disappointed right now because I wanted to help the team get a win. I was hoping the result was just a cramp, but things go in a different direction,” Chen said through his translator.
“The only thing I can do is heal really fast and help the team.”
Manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t want to estimate how long Chen, who is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA, would be out.
“It’s tough to handicap the severity of it. There’s three grades. His was in the middle. It’s so hard to test it because testing it might make it not heal as proper as it should,” Showalter said.
“I’m thinking best case scenario. If you look at the history of these
things, they give you an idea it’s usually a little later than sooner.”
Chen hurt the front of the oblique muscle once before while throwing a bullpen session in Japan.
“The only thing I can do right now is just help myself and get better and not do anything to get worse,” he said.
Jair Jurrjens will probably pitch in Chen’s place on Saturday, though Showalter said only that he was an option.
Chen will stay with the Orioles until May 21, then head to Sarasota, Fla. for rehabilitation.
The Orioles, who now have two of their first three starters on the disabled list will hope for the best.
“We know it’s going to be at least the DL period, and hope not much more than that,” Showalter said.