Mar 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT
Chien-Ming Wang was supposed to pitch two innings in an intrasquad game today, but the rehabbing right-hander exited after one frame when his surgically repaired shoulder tightened up between innings.
Pitching coach Steve McCatty downplayed the setback, telling Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that “he was just a little tight” and “there’s no sense in trying to rush it.” However, considering Wang’s last big-league appearance came in July of 2009 any further roadblocks at this point are noteworthy.
Prior to leaving the game Wang was clocked in the mid-80s with his fastball, which was typically in the low-90s before going under the knife. He earned $2 million without throwing a pitch for the Nationals last season and received $1 million in guaranteed money to re-sign after being non-tendered.
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