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Chien-Ming Wang could be sidelined for another month

Mar 21, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

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Nationals manger Davey Johnson did not hold back Wednesday when describing the severity of starter Chien-Ming Wang‘s strained left hamstring (via’s Nats Insider):

“He’s moving around walking good, but from what I saw today, he’s got quite a bit of blood in there,” Johnson said. “Before he gets on the mound, I’d say three weeks, maybe a month. I’ll have to double-check with the doctor, but I just saw a lot of blood in there.”

Wang is going to play catch on Thursday, but Johnson is suggesting in the quote above that the Taiwanese right-hander won’t be allowed to get back on a mound before the Nats head north for the start of the regular season. Which means Wang is certain to miss his first couple turns in the rotation, and possibly all of April.

John Lannan, who has been on the trading block for most of this spring, appears likely to open the regular season as Washington’s No. 5 starter. He had a 3.70 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 184 2/3 innings last year.

  1. pisano - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    They (the Nats) should never let this poor bastard take the mound again without getting him an instructor to teach him how to run.

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      Hey, he got the out.

  2. dcfan4life - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Possible injury to any of the Nats startes is why the Nationals didn’t trade John Lannan and are 8 deep for starting pitching. They wont miss a beat.

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