In-game notes and quotes
Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen threw two scoreless innings in his first spring start Saturday against the Rays, allowing a pair of singles in the first. Chen threw 23 pitches, 17 strikes, and said afterward everything felt good in his Grapefruit League debut.
“I think my command and breaking ball control is getting better and better this year,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin.
Chen had some right knee soreness toward the end of last year and the team tried to give him some extra rest down the stretch. It was also one of the reasons why they held him back, along with Jason Hammel and Miguel Gonzalez, during the early part of spring.
“Last year, I felt a little bit scary about pitching because of soreness in my knee,” said Chen, who had his shoulder and knee wrapped in ice as he talked to reporters. “This year, I feel totally fine. I’m really lucky enough to be pitching again today.”
Brian Matusz followed Chen, in his second spring outing, and surrendered a pair of homers for three runs in the fourth inning. Tommy Hunter gave up a leadoff homer in the fifth to Sean Rodriguez.