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Chien-Ming Wang won’t be ready for the start of the season

Mar 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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That’s the most predictable headline of the spring so far, isn’t it?

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Sunday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang showed progress in a recent bullpen session but has no chance of breaking camp as a member of the club’s 25-man roster. He’s still recovering from that major shoulder surgery that he underwent back in mid-2009 and won’t be back to full health for several more weeks.

Here’s more from Riggleman, via the Post.

“For a starting pitcher, there’s no way we’ll get him stretched out,’ Riggleman said. “Until [pitching coach] Steve McCatty tells me there’s not only progress, but consistent progress for a couple progress for a couple weeks, then we’ll think about that. You can’t get too high or low about a bullpen session.”

With this winter’s $1 million contract included, the Nationals have now committed $3 million to Wang and been given exactly zero innings in return. He hasn’t pitched in a big league game since July 4, 2009.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    His glory years of 2006 and 2007 seem like an eternity ago. I hate to say it because he held so much promise but I wouldn’t be surprised is he doesn’t pitch at all in 2011.
    I wish him luck and I hope he does make it back.

  2. BC - Mar 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Well, there’s a shock.
    Doubt he’ll ever throw another MLB pitch. Too bad. For 2-3 years he was a top-flight plitcher.

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