Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (pictured) was on his way to his second strong performance in a row when he grabbed at his side and exited Sunday's game with a right oblique strain. That's very bad news for a team that already has called on four Triple-A starters to fill in the fifth slot in the rotation and replace injured Miguel Gonzalez. It was a tough week already, after so-so outings by Jason Hammel, Freddy Garcia and Steve Johnson, and that was reflected in the combined numbers. The rotation posted a 2-2 record with a 6.03 ERA and averaged just five innings per start. Even though the team managed to go 4-2 in those games, this is starting to get scary.
Grade: D (Hannah Foslien / Getty Images /May 12, 2013)
Since there is a racetrack with a poker room near the Orioles' training facility, and there soon will be table games in the Maryland casinos, this spring seemed like a good time to get back in card-playing shape.
So, I stopped by the Sarasota Kennel Club a couple of times over the past week to play Texas hold 'em.
Maybe I should point out that there was a time when I was a pretty fair card player back in California, where there have been big poker casinos for decades.
That time apparently has passed, considering the number of senior citizens who turned me upside down and shook the money out of my pockets.
Anybody for gin?