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Nationals activating Chien-Ming Wang for first start since 2009

Jul 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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Chien-Ming Wang‘s rehab outing didn’t go very well yesterday, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings at Triple-A, but the Nationals have decided he’s ready for the big leagues anyway.

Or, more accurately, Wang’s rehab stint will reach the 30-day maximum Wednesday and unless a new injury is found the Nationals have to either activate him or release him. They’re choosing the former and Wang, who last started a major-league game in July of 2009, will make his long-awaited return Friday against the Mets.

Last season the Nationals got nothing out of a $2 million investment in Wang and this year he re-signed for $1 million in guaranteed money and another $4 million in potential incentives, so it’s no surprise that they want to at least get him to the majors and give him a chance to earn some of that money.

In six total rehab starts Wang had a 3.14 ERA and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings, so despite the rough outing yesterday there were some signs that he’s at least healthy and pitching well enough to handle minor-league hitters. In his last action before being shut down with shoulder problems in 2009 he had a 9.64 ERA in 42 innings for the Yankees, so the 31-year-old Wang hasn’t been effective since 2008.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    How does one go about activating Chien-Ming Wang anyway? Pouring hot water over top and allowing it to simmer like Ramen noodles?

    • bigharold - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      That’s just effin wrong. Funny but wrong.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        I always wonder why joking about Asian names is considered poor taste or whatnot, yet we can pick on Milton Bradley, Andy Dick, Harry Baals, and others for their names. Let’s have some consistency here folks.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    I was at the game yesterday and he did not look good at all. Even the outs he was getting were a lot of hard hit fly balls. When he is on it should be ground ball city. He was never a strikeout pitcher but there were very few swings and misses as well.

    In other news there was a Rafael Soriano sighting at yesterday’s game too. He pitched an inning and gave up a moonshot solo home run. Some guy in the stands kept hecking him (to my amusement) but I didn’t know he was on a rehab assignment.

  3. entersandman42ny - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Wang had back to back 19 win seasons for the Yankees a couple of years ago and then got hurt. I think he could be a nice addition to the Nats rotation if he is healthy. As a Yankees fan, I wish him nothing but the best.

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