Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wang Ready For Rehab

Chien-Ming Wang will begin his rehab assignment this Friday in AA Harrisburg. Wang was originally on the disabled list due to his hip.

Wang threw a bullpen session this past Saturday and the Nationals cleared him for live action shortly after that.

What to do with Wang has been a debate that the Nationals have had all season long. When he returned from his first stint on the DL he was used in a long relief role. Davey Johnson then took a gamble and inserted him into the starting line-up in place of Ross Detwiler. Detwiler was moved to the bullpen.

After a few disastrous starts by Wang, Johnson then switched back and took Detwiler out of the bullpen and put Wang into it. When the 32 year old Wang returns from his rehab, he will likely head to the bullpen to pick up his long relief role.

Chien-Ming Wang has not quite turned out to be the pitcher that the Nationals had hoped he would be. After making a name for himself when he was with the Yankees, Wang hasn't been the same pitcher once he changed uniforms. Wang is here on a one year deal and don't expect the Nationals to give him another contract next year.

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Source: Amanda Comak