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Chien-Ming Wang expects to begin season on disabled list

Feb 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang threw from flat ground at Nationals camp today and has already tossed four bullpen sessions since re-signing with the team in December, but the rehabbing right-hander told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list.

Wang is still recovering from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss much of 2009 and all of 2010. After earning $2 million without throwing an inning for the Nationals last season he’ll give it another try on a one-year, $1 million deal that includes up to $5 million in incentives.

Kilgore writes that “he seemingly can be ruled to make the Opening Day rotation” and “is aiming to be ready to pitch in the majors by late April or May.” Until then he’ll likely be placed on the DL and build up arm strength on a minor-league rehab assignment. He hasn’t seen game action since July 4, 2009.

  1. bigharold - Feb 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Is this really the same guy that went 45-15 over two and a half seasons for the Yankees? I wonder what the Yankees would pay for circa 2006-2007 Wang with his back to back 19 win seasons?

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