Chen is suffering from a sprained left elbow and will go on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 21, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The team will recall Jarred Cosart to start Monday's game in Chen's place, but the team certainly hopes the issue won't cost him too long or develop into something worse. The earliest the southpaw can return comes August 6, but the team should establish a firmer timetable as Chen begins the rehab process.
Chen will not start Monday due to an undisclosed injury, Andy Slater of WINZ radio reports. According to Jon Heyman of MLB.com, the Marlins will call up Jarred Cosart to start Monday.
Chen (5-4) gave up four runs on 11 hits over 5.1 innings Wednesday's loss against the Phillies. He struck out five without a walk. Nine of the 11 hits were singles, which is why Chen was able to limit the damage reasonably well, all things being equal. Unfortunately, he's given up four or more runs on nine separate occasions among 19 starts, and six of those times have come in his last eight appearances. The long ball's been the biggest problem -- he's allowed 20 of them -- but mostly this has been a season of Chen's birds coming home to roost, as he'd outpitched his peripherals in the last two seasons. No longer.
Chen (5-3) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings, but received no decision Friday at the Cardinals. Chen was in line for a potential victory after the Marlins scored three runs in the top of the seventh to give him a 5-4 lead, but the bullpen was unable to make it hold up. He's now allowed at least four earned runs in five of his last seven starts to raise his ERA to 4.90. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Phillies.
Chen will start the Marlins' first game after the All-Star break Friday in St. Louis. Following Chen, the Marlins will turn to Tom Koehler and Adam Conley, with Jose Fernandez's next start to-be-determined after he made an appearance in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Chen has posted a disappointing 4.83 ERA in his first season as a member of the Marlins.