Barring an unforeseen setback, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will likely rejoin the Orioles starting rotation next week after throwing seven shutout innings Thursday night in his second minor-league rehab start for Double-A Bowie.
In a 6-2 win over Harrisburg, Chen -- who on the disabled list with a left oblique strain -- allowed just four hits and retired 13 of his last 14 batters and faced the minimum batters for his final four innings of work. Chen struck out three and walked none while throwing 89 pitches, 55 of them strikes.
"I felt great and strong tonight," Chen said through his interpreter Tim Lin. "Same approach to this game and every game. I am always ready to help the team and ready to come back to do my job again."