Chen’s outing (with quotes)
Wei-Yin Chen, who is expected to be part of Baltimore’s rotation, struggled all afternoon in his final spring start Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The 26-year-old lefty allowed a first- inning run and Desmond Jennings seemingly had his number with a pair homers and five RBIs. Jennings –who homered three times total — came up with two outs although those runs were unearned given that J.J. Hardy’s error extended the fourth inning.
Chen exited after five innings, having allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks. He threw 82 pitches and said he wasn’t worried about his stat line because it’s exhibition and he’s still making some adjustments.
“I’m working on my offspeed pitch, like my changeup, a lot,” Chen said through his interpreter. “Also my timing’s really important for me right now. So, I’m still working with [pitching coach Rick Adair] on my timing, delivery stuff [and] mechanics.”
Of the Rays, Chen –who has never faced Tampa Bay but will plenty this year in the American League East — said: “They’re a great team, they have great hitters and they hit me well with my fastball. “
Chen finishes his first Spring Training 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts, plus one Minor League outing. He pitched 20 innings, allowing 12 runs (eight earned) on 19 hits and four walks. Chen also had nine strikeouts. With the Orioles’ rotation order still undecided, Chen could slot anywhere from No. 2-5, although it’s most likely he will throw the second game in the Twins series, which would be his turn behind likely Opening Day starter Jake Arrieta.
“I don’t know anything,” Chen said of when his next appearance could be. “I just do my job right now and Rick and Buck [Showalter] will do their job.”