Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen left today’s start against the Twins with an apparent oblique strain. After getting the final out of the fifth inning, he was seen grabbing his right side and was replaced in the sixth inning by Tommy Hunter. Over five innings, Chen held the Twins scoreless on five hits and no walks while striking out three.
MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli suggests that a stint on the disabled list is likely, as is the case for most oblique strains. Chen entered the afternoon with a 3.40 ERA over seven starts, continuing to be the Orioles’ most reliable starter.
However, Ghiroli also tweeted that Chen wasn’t in pain after the game and hopes to avoid the DL.
Chen said he’s not in any pain- hopes its just a cramp. Will be reevaluated on the off day. Felt it during final batter.
— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 12, 2013