2/21/2014 4:12 P.M. ET
'Two Minutes with ...' focuses on Chen
By Adam Berry and Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two Minutes with…" series continues with Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Chen has a new interpreter this season, which is more out of habit than necessity as he's able to have conversations in English. The 28-year-old Chen went 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 starts last season, missing time with an oblique injury and having bone spurs removed from his knee this winter.
Expected to be part of the Orioles' starting five, here's a little more about the Taiwan native off the field…
Favorite food: Hot pot. Chinese hot pot. You put all the food in there and cook it up in water. It's like a stew.
Favorite movie: 42.
Hidden talent: I can speak four languages -- Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and, now, English.
If I wasn't a baseball player, I'd be … in the Army. I thought about it [before baseball], but not really that serious. In Taiwan, it is a good job with a steady salary.
Favorite offseason place: Europe. I went there to play baseball, but I didn't really get to see much. A lot of friends have told me it's fun to go, so I want to go there again.
Prized possession: My collection of One Piece toys, which are of famous Japanese animations. I started the collection about 10 years ago, when I was in Japan, and I keep it at home in Taiwan.
Yoon says he's on track with rest of O's pitchers
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Suk-min Yoon threw his first bullpen session with the Orioles on Thursday and said Friday he's on track with the rest of Baltimore's pitchers.
"I threw nice and easy. My control was good, and it was better than I expected," Yoon said through interpreter Justin Yoo. "I'm on pace and everyone's been very welcoming, so that's also helped me get on pace."
Yoon, whose arsenal includes a fastball, slider, changeup and curveball, said he expects to throw another side session on Saturday. Most Orioles pitchers have begun throwing with hitters tracking pitches in the batter's box and will start throwing live batting practice Saturday. Yoon said he won't face hitters in Saturday's bullpen, though.
Yoon, signed to a three-year deal, said he hasn't been told yet whether he'll work as a starter or reliever for the Orioles.
Overall, Yoon seems to be taking his first experience in the United States in stride, saying Friday morning that he's not intimidated "at all" by the idea of pitching in the Majors after spending nine seasons with the KIA Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization.
"This is my first Spring Training here, but baseball is baseball anywhere you go," Yoon said. "You've got some of the best players here, so spring camp has been very good."
Bundy, Gonzalez, De La Cruz get in extra work
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitchers had the day off Friday, but three of them put in a little extra work as they continue to recover from various injuries.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, played catch from 150 feet Friday morning with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. The Orioles hope to have the Majors' 20th-ranked prospect back by June, and manager Buck Showalter has been impressed with Bundy's progress thus far.
"It's going as well as you could hope for," Showalter said.
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who's been dealing with back spasms, said he felt "100 percent good to go" after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday. Gonzalez has been dealing with the injury since Saturday but expects to begin throwing live batting practice Monday.
Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz, held back at the start of camp with a left hamstring strain, also threw off the mound Friday morning.
Aceves to miss some time tending to visa issue
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will be out of camp for about a week, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, as he tends to a visa issue in Mexico.
Showalter said Aceves has a meeting scheduled for Saturday and another one Monday, and he expects Aceves to miss four or five days, potentially even a week.
The Orioles aren't worried about the time off affecting Aceves, however, given how he's looked so far this spring. If anything, Showalter noted, the time off could benefit Aceves in the long run this season.
"He'll be fine," Showalter said. "It may not be a bad thing at all, because you can tell he's pretty crisp right now."
Aceves pitched over the winter in the Mexican Pacific League, posting a 2.25 ERA in four innings for Culiacan. He also threw in the Caribbean Series for Mexico, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 14 innings over two starts.
• The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers Friday afternoon. The Orioles designated Hendriks for assignment on Wednesday to make room on their 40-man roster for Ubaldo Jimenez. Had Hendriks cleared waivers, he would have been sent to Baltimore's Minor League camp.
• Showalter said that outfielder David Lough could bat leadoff for the Orioles this year. Lough recorded the fastest average time down the first-base line in the Majors last season, according to Showalter, a sign of his speed and his effort level.
"He's got a chance to fit that role," Showalter said. "We'll see how it develops, especially if Nick [Markakis] presents himself as a little different-look player."
• The Orioles' voluntary biomechanical testing is set to begin Monday, Showalter said.
• The New York Post reported the year-by-year financial breakdown of Jimenez's four-year contract. According to the Post report, Jimenez will earn $11.25 million in 2014, $12.25 million in '15, $13 million in '16 and $13.5 million in '17. Each year of the deal also reportedly includes $2.25 million in deferred salary, and Jimenez can earn up to $3.2 million in incentives, including $400,000 per season for starting 32 games and pitching at least 200 innings.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.