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Chien-Ming Wang halts intrasquad outing due to sore shoulder

Mar 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

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.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    What a shame. I can remember as if it were yesterday Chien-Ming Wang pitching for the Yankees and all the success he had. He’s still relatively young (31 come the end of March), but I fear his MLB career is over.

    • phukyouk - Mar 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      GDDAMN Astros…….

      • bigharold - Mar 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        DAMN NO DH NL!

        And, no I’m not Hank. I’m Harold, just like the “smart” brother. I knew the Yankees would be OK with a Harold in charge.

  2. BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    He’s done.
    Good to see he’s being coached by another pitcher whose arm nearly fell off (McCatty), though he was part of that group in Oakland that Billy Martin had pitching 400 innings a year….

  3. kinggeorge96 - Mar 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I remember him throwing that fastball in the mid 90’s… what a shame!

    • zackd2 - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      That turbo sinker.
      Now Rotoworld said he was clocked at 83…yikes.

  4. cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I’s real hard to come back from shoulder surgery. Not at all like TJS which has a decent chance of making the joint stronger. At this point, if he wants to pitch in the MLB, I think he should either drop his delivery angle dramatically, or learn the knuckle ball, or both. Both require less of the shoulder and I’ve never understood why more pitchers don’t cultivate the knuckler; its a very effective pitch and saves arm strength for the power pitch.

    • JBerardi - Mar 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Because it’s insanely difficult to develop a MLB-quality knuckleball.

      • cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        True, but these guys develop insanely difficult MLB type pitches as a matter of routine. I’d say, based on nothing but a guess, that it would be as hard as converting from a pitcher to a fielder/hitter a la Ankiel. Can be done, but insanely difficult, but worth it so why not try for it?

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    In other news, the sun rose today, the trees made some oxygen, the sky was blue and water remained wet.

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