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Chen ready to begin rehab assignment

Chen ready to begin rehab assignment

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BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was in the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, and he will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday before going out on a rehab assignment on Saturday.

Chen, who arrived along with interpreter Tim Lin, is recovering from a strained left oblique, an injury sustained on May 12; manager Buck Showalter said that it's possible he'll make just one rehab start.

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It hasn't been determined where Chen will pitch, but the plan is for him to go five or six innings.

"I think it's just a test," Chen said through Lin. "Get the game feeling back and that's it.

"Right now I'm pitching like it's Spring Training. It's step by step. But if I feel really good [after the] next outing, I'll definitely come back really soon."

If Chen is given the green light after Saturday, he could make three starts before the All-Star break, but Showalter said that won't happen, as the team will give him extra rest between his first few outings.

Chen is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA in eight starts this season.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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