Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Finding a replacement for Chen
By Doug Mittler
The Baltimore Orioles have all but officially announced that Wei-Yin Chen is headed to the disabled list after he was forced to leave Sunday’s outing in Minnesota with a strained right oblique.
The Orioles have several options if Chen needs a stint on the disabled list, but one isn’t Jake Arrieta, who was unable to make a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday due to a strained right shoulder.
Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com says the Orioles could choose from Zach Britton and Steve Johnson, both of whom are at Norfolk after pitching in Baltimore earlier this season. There also is Jair Jurrjens, who has a 2.62 ERA in seven outings at Norfolk.
Roch Kubatko the Orioles could recall Johnson Tuesday and keep him in the bullpen before possibly giving him the start on Saturday against Tampa Bay.
The Orioles do have a pair of days off this week, giving them a little more flexibility. As for a trade, Baltimore has been mentioned as one of the teams looking to add a starter as the July 31 deadline approaches. But a deal right now is unlikely since potential sellers are wary of alienating their fan bases by making a deal this early in the season.