Thursday, May 10, 2012

Road to Recovery: Chien-Ming Wang

Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has begun his minor league rehabilitation so he can start working his way back the major league level following his spring training hamstring injury.

His first rehab start came back on April 28th for the Potomac Nationals. In that start, he pitched four innings and allowed one run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

His next rehab start came May 4th with the Hagerstown Suns. Wang threw a total of 65 pitches through six innings giving up three hits, one home run, a walk, and struckout seven batters.

In his most recent rehab start, this time for the Syracuse Chiefs, Wang pitched a total of seven innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits while walking and striking out one batter.

According to Amanda Comak, when Wang returns, which could be at the end of this month or early next month, he will most likely take on a relief pitcher role. Since Ross Detwiler has been so reliable on the mound, don't expect him to be replaced by Wang.

Wangs contract with the Nationals is up at the end of the season. While he is not the pitcher that he once was for the Yankees anymore, he still has some solid innings left in him. If the Nationals do resign him, expect him to continue with more of a relief role.

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