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Davey Johnson says Chien-Ming Wang “is doing very well” and could return this month

Apr 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang has looked good enough throwing off a mound in extended spring training that he could be ready to join the Nationals’ rotation later this month, according to manager Davey Johnson.

Johnson told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Wang “is doing very well” in his recovery from a hamstring injury and “is ahead of the program.”

Assuming that Wang can avoid a setback it’ll be interesting to see what the Nationals do once he’s healthy, as they demoted John Lannan to Triple-A even though Wang was on the DL and opted to go with Ross Detwiler as the No. 5 starter.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Lannan will be dealt when some team with a hurt starter finally pulls the trigger. I think leaving Wang as a long reliever indefinitely would help keep him healthy at this point.

  2. pisano - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I hope they coach him on how to run, because everytime he runs he breaks something and he’s on the shelf for awhile.

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