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Wei-Yin Chen | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 193
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / BAL
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Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill suggested last week that Chen could have a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation, but Mattingly pumped the brakes on that idea on the first official day of spring training. Chen has been trying to rehab a partial tear of the UCL in his left elbow, rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. He's due $10 million in 2018 plus an $8 million deferred bonus. Chen also carries a $20 million guarantee in 2019 and a $22 million guarantee in 2020. Derek Jeter couldn't shed this albatross. Feb 14 - 1:22 PM

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Marlins' president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday that Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing.

He also indicated that Chen projects to hold a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation. The veteran southpaw is trying to go the rest and rehab route to recovery rather than undergoing Tommy John surgery, so there's considerable injury risk to be had here.
Feb 10 - 1:34 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Wei-Yin Chen officially informed the Marlins on Sunday that he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

Chen is owed $60 million over the next three years, holds a 4.72 ERA since the beginning of 2016 and is dealing with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. In other words, there was really no decision to make here. Chen received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow in September in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.
Source: Miami Herald
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 01:32:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow on Wednesday.

The left-hander will not throw again this season. There's still a chance that the 32-year-old left hander may be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery this winter.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:02:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen has been shut down for the season due to renewed elbow discomfort.

Chen returned from the disabled list September 4 and made four appearances out of the Marlins' bullpen, but his left elbow is barking again. The future is uncertain for the 32-year-old southpaw, who is scheduled to visit a specialist sometime in the next week. Tommy John surgery may be a consideration given that Chen has already been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear. He logged just 33 total innings in 2017.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 06:33:00 PM

Marlins activated LHP Wei-Yin Chen from the 10-day disabled list.

Chen threw just 4 2/3 innings during his rehab assignment and will return as a member of the Marlins' bullpen. The southpaw has been out for four months with a partial UCL tear.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 02:11:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is expected to soon come off the disabled list to join the Marlins' bullpen.

Chen has pitched just 4 2/3 innings in his three rehab appearances, so he's not ready to start, and the Marlins would rather have him working in the middle innings than pitching in simulated games to get stretched out. If all goes well in relief, perhaps he could make starts in the second half of September.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 06:08:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his second rehab appearance Tuesday with High-A Jupiter.

Chen worked a perfect first inning before yielding two hits in the second. The 32-year-old left-hander was ultimately pulled at 31 pitches. He needs to get stretched out further and minor league seasons are coming to a close, so a simulated game may be the next step. Chen, out since May 5 with a partial UCL tear, could become an option for Miami's rotation around mid-September.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday in the Gulf Coast League.

Minor league seasons are coming to an end, so the Marlins will have to get creative as they bring Chen along in his rehab. The 32-year-old left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 5 with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. He may make a start or two for Miami before the end of the MLB regular season, but it's definitely not something to count on.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) will throw a live batting practice session Wednesday.

It's the first time since all the way back in early May that he's faced hitters. Chen, who is attempting to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, could begin a rehab assignment soon if Wednesday's session goes well. He's hoping to rejoin the Marlins' rotation before the end of the season, but there are no guarantees.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is aiming to begin throwing live batting practice next week.

Chen made it through a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday without issue and he has a similar workout planned for this Saturday. The left-hander has been on the shelf since May 5 because of an elbow injury. "We hope to get him back out there [this season]," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. "We’re still talking a little ways, but I think we’re also getting to the point where we can say he’s progressing to the point where at least it’s on the radar."
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) was slated to throw a bullpen session Monday.

He was scheduled to throw only fastballs, but it's still a nice step. There's no timetable for the return of Chen, who is attempting to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is not close to throwing off a mound.

Chen has been on the disabled list since May 5 with a lingering left elbow injury and there is no timetable for when he might return. The left-hander was given a platelet-rich plasma injection five weeks ago, but it obviously didn't do much good. "It’s a long process," Mattingly told reporters.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is hoping to be cleared to resume a throwing program when he visits the doctor Wednesday.

It's expected to happen, but it's still going to be a while before Chen is ready to rejoin the Marlins' rotation. The left-hander was given a platelet-rich plasma injection last month as he attempts to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen got a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday for his injured left elbow.

PRP treatment is supposed to help the healing process. Chen was placed on the disabled list May 5 with discomfort in his left elbow and he felt renewed tightness when he tried to throw a bullpen session 10 days later. Surgery has been ruled out for now, but there is no real timetable for the southpaw's return to the active major league roster in Miami.
Tue, May 23, 2017 08:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2Tomas Telis
3Bryan Holaday
4Chad Wallach
1B1Justin Bour
2Garrett Cooper
3Jonathan Rodriguez
2B1Starlin Castro
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3Yadiel Rivera
4Cristhian Adames
3B1Martin Prado
2Brian Anderson
3Eric Campbell
LF1Derek Dietrich
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Lewis Brinson
3Magneuris Sierra
4Braxton Lee
RF1Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dan Straily
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Jose Urena
4Adam Conley
5Dillon Peters
6Justin Nicolino
7Jarlin Garcia
8Chris O'Grady
9Odrisamer Despaigne
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Junichi Tazawa
4Drew Steckenrider
5Nick Wittgren
6Jarlin Garcia
7Brian Ellington
8Brett Graves
9Miguel Del Pozo
10Drew Rucinski
11Alex Wimmers
12Javy Guerra
13Sandy Alcantara
14Elieser Hernandez