Chen showcases new changeup grip

SARASOTA, Fla.— Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen pitched three scoreless innings on Tuesday, showcasing a new changeup that he hopes can be part of his repertoire in 2015.

“Last year, I was throwing a circle change,” Chen said through his interpreter. “This year, I try a grip that’s more like a palmball and hopefully that will get my velocity more consistent. I’m going to try to see how it works.”

Chen said he will throw more changeups than he typically does in Spring Training as he’s been working with pitching coach Dave Wallace on establishing more of a difference in velocity between his change and fastball. As for the grip, it’s something that he was taught by special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez.

“So far, it’s not bad,” Chen said of the new grip. “My velocity when I’m throwing my circle change, my body tends to fly open, but this year with this grip, it doesn’t. So far, it’s pretty good.”

Against the Yankees, Chen allowed one hit and struck out two in the afternoon contest at Ed Smith Stadium. He hasn’t allowed a run in five spring innings.

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