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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are close to signing reliever Joe Kelly. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for three years and around $25 million.
Kelly, 30, posted a 4.39 ERA with a 68/32 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen during the regular season in 2018. He turned it up a notch in the postseason, limiting the opposition to two runs (one earned) in 11 1/3 innings with a 13/0 K/BB ratio.
With the Red Sox, Kelly mostly pitched seventh and eighth innings ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel. He will likely do the same ahead of closer Kenley Jansen, sharing the workload with Pedro Báez.