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Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

Oct 6, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today.
Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87 miles per hour, which actually isn’t bad for a guy who hasn’t started a big-league game since July of 2009. Prior to going under the knife Wang averaged 91-92 mph with his fastball.
Because his one-year deal didn’t include a team option for next season Wang will soon be a free agent and Goessling reports that the Nationals “are waiting to see how he progresses through the fall” before deciding whether or not to pursue bringing him back in 2011.

  1. quintjs - Oct 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Aaron, probably should re-read that article, because as I thought, Wang isn’t eligable for free agency, and the article points out “The Nationals are hoping Wang makes a full recovery from shoulder surgery; Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, said both sides are open to a contract for 2011 before the Nationals would have to decide whether to offer Wang arbitration, but are waiting to see how he progresses through the fall.”
    I thought that was half the reason the Nats signed him, not so much for 2010 but for 2011 since he was still under control.

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