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Chien-Ming Wang close to rejoining Nationals after strong rehab start

May 5, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang tossed six innings of two-run ball last night in a minor-league rehab start at Single-A and might be one more solid outing away from rejoining the Nationals.

Wang has been out since injuring his calf covering first base on March 15 and has also battled major shoulder problems for the past three seasons, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that “his cannonball sinker is back in the low-90s, and his breaking balls are better than ever.”

Wang racked up an uncharacteristic seven strikeouts versus Single-A hitters last night and also induced five ground-ball outs, but with Ross Detwiler pitching very well as the fill-in fifth starter the Nationals will have a tough decision to make once Wang is deemed ready to return as soon as next week.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - May 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Their pitching is already awesome, if they could get some consistent offense the Nats would be unbeatable.

  2. xsherr - May 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Put him in the bullpen as a long reliever. I really don’t see why they keep him around though.

    • jyoung1891 - May 5, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      That sounds good. But the Nats have said repeatedly that Wang is not suitable for the bullpen because his body is not durable enough to stand warming up quickly and then sitting back down, etc. So, barring a trade, it will likely be Detweiler who goes to the bullpen.

  3. pbsenerchia - May 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    These decisions will suck, as I’d like to see Detwiler stick in the rotation, but the SP depth will help a lot late in the season, especially when Strasburg gets shut down. You can’t have too much pitching, and the Nats have a TON.

  4. natstowngreg - May 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Chances are, Wang will go back into the rotation, Detwiler to the bullpen. Rotation depth is very nice, given starting pitchers’ fragility.

  5. razorbyrd - May 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    as hot as Detwiler is, I think they should go to a 6 man rotation… it’ll keep Strasburg around longer & may get him beyond the 160 innings mark…

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