Marlins’ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen doesn’t know when he’ll be able to take the mound again. Chen was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 5 with left arm fatigue and has been making slow progress with a series of bullpen sessions over the last couple of weeks. His latest session came to an abrupt end on Saturday after he “felt something” in his left elbow.
Club manager Don Mattingly didn’t give a specific timetable for Chen’s recovery, but it seems unlikely that the 31-year-old lefty will be cleared to rejoin the rotation within the next week, as previously expected. Chen missed 60 days on the disabled list with an elbow strain last summer, which was revealed as a partial UCL tear when he spoke to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Tim Healey this April. No additional damage was found when the left-hander underwent an MRI on May 1, but his recent injury history and elbow discomfort don’t bode well for his chances of returning to the mound this year.
Per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
“At this point, you feel like you really can’t count on him in the near future when it happens like this,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, this is turning into more than what we thought it was going to be.”
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.