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Wei-Yin Chen to rejoin Orioles’ rotation Wednesday

Jul 8, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

Wei-Yin Chen AP

Baltimore’s rotation will get a boost Wednesday, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen set to come off the disabled list and start against Texas.

Chen has been out for the past two months with a strained oblique muscle, but pitched very well before the injury and has a 3.83 ERA in 40 career starts since signing with the Orioles last season.

In addition to getting Chen back the Orioles also just acquired Scott Feldman from the Cubs, so there’s been some speculation that they could go to a six-man rotation, at least temporarily.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    No point in going with a six man rotation if the starters can’t go beyond 6 innings. Might as well demote Gausman and keep Britton as a long man. Apparently we need two of those.

    • psuorioles - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      At first I was against Gausman pitching out of the pen, but the kid has been looking extremely good as of late…

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        He has, but it will come down to either him or Britton and one of them likely being a long man/spot starter. Personally I’d rather they send Gausman to the minors so he can get work in as a starter. Also it would be a bit of a reward for Britton who’s worked really hard and is having a pretty decent year. But it’s pretty much a tossup either way.

    • randomdigits - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      First off no team needs FOUR lefties in the pen.

      Secondly why send Britton to the pen over Hammel? Sure he only gave up one run yesterday but he looked bad doing it and Britton has been outpitching him recently.

  2. rockthered1286 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Britton has given up 7 runs in his last 32 innings pitched. Seems to be back in the swing of things and I’d hate to see him demoted. That said, Hammel, Chen, Tillman, Gonzalez, Feldman. Those 5 are set (barring any injuries) which leaves no room for Britton. Personally? I’d rather see Gausman stay up long relief and Britton continue to start every 5 days in triple A, keeping him in rhythm and ready to go in the event of injury or need for a 6th starter. Although it wouldn’t surprise me to see either Britton or Tillman as trade fodder.

  3. rafabrah - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Kevin Gausman needs to be sent back to Double A for development and polish. They dont want him to end up another Arrieta or Matusz. They didnt draft him that high to be a long man in yhe bullpen.

    • Loose Changeup - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      If they don’t want him to turn out like their other pitching prospects, they should keep him out of the minor league system.

  4. Loose Changeup - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Is Freddy Garcia still around? I can’t take much more of his 2.7 HR/9.

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