Chen on his outing
Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen made his first spring start, going two innings and allowing two runs on five hits including a walk. He also picked up a strikeout in the 42-pitch outing.
“I feel pretty good, it’s been a while since I’ve played in a game. Especially in a night game,” Chen said through his interpreter. “So I tried to make some adjustments, and I feel pretty good overall.”
Chen gave up a solo homer to Francisco Cervelli, but that was really the only hard hit ball.
“It’s still early in the spring, so I tried to make some adjustments,” he said. “Sometimes pitches weren’t ideal location-wise, but I made adjustments and overall I feel pretty good. And it’s still Spring Training, so I don’t mind it.”
Chen has knee surgery to remove the bone spurs from his right knee this winter and this was his first start since.
“It does feel somewhat different but I don’t know how to describe different how,” he said. “Compared to last year, I do feel a little more comfortable when I was pitching. So, I was happy about the result. and tried to make my pitches and not to think about that…I just feel comfortable right now. “
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Chen wasn’t as crisp as his last time out.
“He’ll get better, that’s why they call it Spring Training,” Showalter said. “He’s fine. Feels good physically, knee. So, that’s a good sign.”