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Marlins put Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin on disabled list

AP, NEW YORK

Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin pitches for the Miami Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park in Miami on Monday.

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The Miami Marlins scratched Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin from his scheduled start yesterday and placed the left-hander on the 10-day disabled list with a fatigued pitching arm.

The move was retroactive to Tuesday.

Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans and was expected to start in Chen’s place against the New York Mets. Chen is expected to miss only one turn.

He allowed two runs over six innings with seven strikeouts on Monday against Tampa Bay and is 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA in five starts this season.

“He threw his bullpen yesterday. To us it looked pretty good, but he felt like he couldn’t make his next start and at that point we were like: OK, send him back to Miami to see the doctors and we kind of expect him to be able to make it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said following Friday night’s 8-7 loss to the Mets.

“He just felt like it was kind of dead and at that point we had to — he didn’t think he could make the start,” Mattingly said.

He was not sure whether Chen had an MRI scan.

Chen signed an US$80 million, five-year contract with the Marlins as a free agent before last season. He went 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 22 starts during his first year in Miami, missing two months with a sprained left elbow.

Right-hander Jose Urena is scheduled to make his first start of the season today in place of Edinson Volquez, on the disabled list with a blister on his right thumb.

Urena has a 2.35 ERA in six relief appearances this year.

Despaigne missed much of spring training with a strained left oblique and began the season on the list before getting optioned to Triple-A.

He is 9-18 with a 4.89 ERA in 69 big-league games, including 34 starts, for San Diego, Baltimore and Miami.

He had not started in the big leagues since 2015 with the Padres.

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