Britton throwing, Chen glowing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Zach Britton will throw his bullpen session this morning, a day earlier than he originally expected.

“I was feeling good and they had a couple different plans mapped out, depending on how I felt,” Britton said. “This probably gets me on a mound for a game a little sooner.”

Britton will do some light tossing tomorrow and is expected to throw again on Tuesday, either in the bullpen or for batting practice.

Meanwhile, Wei-Yin Chen didn’t sound discouraged after yesterday’s rough intrasquad outing, when he allowed a run and two hits, walked a batter and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning.

“I feel good about my fastball. I feel like I had a lot of movement on my fastball,” he said through his interpreter.

“I don’t think too much about my breaking ball or changeup. I was only focused on my fastball yesterday, so the only thing I care about is the movement on my fastball.”

Chen said he struggled to adjust to the Ed Smith Stadium mound, which was “a little bit flat over there, so I’m still doing some adjustments there.”

“Everything seems to be fine to me,” he said, ‘but I’m just trying to fit in and do some adjustments on the mound.”

Chen said he enjoyed pitching in his first game after leaving Japan.

“Definitely I feel really excited to be on a mound for a real game, the first time I pitched on the mound since I got here in the states,” he said. “I felt a little bit nervous, but it was really fun pitching here.”

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