SARASOTA, Fla. - Wei-Yin Chen said he mostly threw fastballs in today’s start against the Rays.
The Rays didn’t miss many of them.
“They’re a great team,” Chen said through his interpreter after giving up three home runs in five innings and allowing seven runs total (three earned).
“They have great hitters and they hit me well with my fastball.”
Chen said he was making adjustments with pitching coach Rick Adair.
“the first inning I was still getting a feeling and in the last three feelings I was feeling better,” he said.
“I’m working on my offspeed pitch, like my changeup, a lot. Also, my timing’s really important for me right now, so I’m still working with Rick on my timing, delivery, mechanics.”
Chen didn’t seem discouraged by the results.
“This is still spring training and I felt good today, actually,” he said. “This is just part of the game. I still feel really, really good.”
Chen’s next start will be in Baltimore. He just doesn’t know the date.
“I don’t know anything,” he said. “I just do my job right now and Rick and Buck will do their job.”