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Chien-Ming Wang unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

Mar 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington Reuters

The good news for Chien-Ming Wang is that what initially looked like a serious leg injury suffered during yesterday’s game turned out to be merely a strained hamstring.

The bad news is that manager Davey Johnson said today that he expects Wang to be out of action for “a couple weeks minimum.”

That will make it all but impossible for Wang to begin the season in the Nationals’ rotation, as he won’t have built up the necessary arm strength and pitch count even if he somehow returns to the mound sooner than expected.

By resisting the urge to trade John Lannan the Nationals have a capable fill-in waiting to replace Wang, but he was finally starting to look somewhat like his old self three years after shoulder surgery.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Nothing worse than a broken Wang.

    get better quick buddy!

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Wang a ding dang my ding along ling long. That’s what they call what he did to hurt his Hammy. It’s a tough move to pull off uninjured.

  3. rob0527 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    He has never been the same since that night in Houston. Why can’t both leagues have the DH?

  4. pisano - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Someone has to teach this poor guy how to run.

  5. jhorton83 - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Shocking. I am flabbergasted.

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