Wei-Yin Chen de­mo­tion may be con­tract-re­lated, fans say

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Ori­oles southpaw Wei- yin Chen ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion on Twit­ter Tues­day at be­ing de­moted to High- A Fredrick, prompt­ing some Tai­wan fans to spec­u­late online that the Ori­oles’ de­ci­sion might have some­thing to do with Chen’s con­tract.

Chen posted on Twit­ter: “I am dis­ap­pointed that my rou­tine is be­ing in­ter­rupted. I am in ex­cel­lent phys­i­cal shape. I feel great and I am ready for my next start.”

Point­ing out that he “just pitched eight in­nings of shutout base­ball,” Chen ap­par­ently could not ac­cept a state­ment by Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter that the pri­mary rea­son for Chen’s de­mo­tion is that he com­plained of fa­tigue af­ter his June 10 start.

Chen struck out nine and walked one to help the Ori­oles beat the Philadelphia Phillies Mon­day night in Bal­ti­more.

Showal­ter told the press: “The club knows he pitches bet­ter with ex­tra rest. So they want to keep him rested and healthy.”

Thou­sands of fans posted their com­ments on the web­site of the MASN chan­nel, which cov­ers the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, with some say­ing that as Chen will soon ne­go­ti­ate next sea­son’s con­tract, the Ori­oles’ de­ci­sion could mean that it is re­luc­tant to give Chen a con­sid­er­able raise.

Some other com­men­ta­tors linked the de­mo­tion to the prospect of Chen’s next step. They sug­gested that he might stay with the Ori­oles un­til the end of the sea­son, or end his con­tract at the end of July. As a free agent, Chen would have even bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­vance­ment, ac­cord­ing to some posters.

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