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Wang throws first bullpen of the spring

Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang Nats.jpgAccording to Bill Ladson of, Chien-Ming Wang threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Monday.

Wang, who is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, threw 10 pitches on flat ground and then 15 pitches from the mound. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was satisfied with what he saw:

“I was happy with what he did,” McCatty said. “He felt good and the ball
has that sink to it. It was very good to see. The arm slot looked good.
He was free and easy with the ball.”

Wang was signed to an incentive-laden one-year, $2 million contract with the Nationals in February, although he isn’t expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until at least May.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine a rotation of Wang, Stephen Strasburg, John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann in Washington by September. In other words, look out, the Nationals could resemble a real, competitive baseball team real soon.

  1. Nasty Boy - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    I wish the best for him, he was a good soldier for the Yanks. My only reservation about his situation is the Yankees just don’t let good pitching get away. I think they are suspect of his injury. I feel they are under the impression he would continue to have issue’s. I hope for his sake they are wrong with their assessment of his injury.

  2. gunruner99 - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I think Cashman picked the wrong spot to get cheap. $2 mil on Wang should have been a no brainer. The upside was way higher then the downside.

  3. Dan - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    i think the Yanks caused his injury in the first place. if they hadn’t told him not to run, his legs would have been stronger. and if his legs had been stronger, he wouldn’t have had to adjust his pitching style, which is what led to the injury.
    in a more perfect world wang should be able to sue and received compensation from the yankees for what they did to him, rather than being thrown away like some used tampon.
    but i really hope he will rebound from his injury. one consolation: roger clemens had the exact same type of surgery when he was 22, and look what he went on to accomplish (though i guess tainted by steriods). note as well that when clemens had his arthroscopic surgery doctors knew a lot less about how to do it right.
    anyway, good luck to the wanger and to the nats.

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