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Chien-Ming Wang throws eight innings in rehab start

May 14, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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I just watched Chien-Ming Wang‘s latest minor-league rehab start on MLB Network and he looked pretty good, throwing eight innings against the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate.

The bad news is that Wang managed only one strikeout, gave up 11 hits, and allowed four runs.

The good news is that recently demoted big leaguer Danny Valencia‘s double was the lone extra-base hit and Wang was cruising along until giving up a handful of hits late. And two of the four runs came in after he exited in the ninth inning.

Another positive sign: Wang induced 14 ground-ball outs against a lineup that featured other ex-major leaguers Ben Revere, Sean Burroughs, J.R. Towles, Matt Carson, Pedro Florimon, Clete Thomas, and Rene Tosoni.

Wang was never a strikeout pitcher and at his best always relied on getting tons of grounders, so it was definitely a positive step for the rehabbing right-hander. However, with Ross Detwiler pitching well as the Nationals’ fifth starter there seemingly isn’t any room for Wang in Washington’s excellent rotation.

  1. natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    True, not exactly needed right now, but rotation depth is a good thing.

    Besides, it’s good news indeed, considering how much rehab he’s had to endure.

  2. pisano - May 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Pitching, he can do, running is an altogether different problem.

  3. bravojawja - May 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    You really sat through all of Wang’s minor league rehab start? You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

  4. ningenito78 - May 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Another positive sign: Wang induced 14 ground-ball outs against a lineup that featured other ex-major leaguers Ben Revere, Sean Burroughs, J.R. Towles, Matt Carson, Pedro Florimon, Clete Thomas, and Rene Tosoni.

    There’s a who’s who of major league mashers.

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