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Chien-Ming Wang is willing to pitch out of Nationals bullpen

May 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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

Chien-Ming Wang is close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Nationals, but with no room for him in an excellent rotation the veteran right-hander said yesterday that he’d be open to some relief work.

Middle relief would be an easy way for the Nationals to keep him in the mix while also giving Wang some time to show he’s actually ready to get major-league hitters out, but he’s made just five relief appearances in six seasons as a big leaguer and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that he needs much more time to warm up than a typical reliever.

For now he’s scheduled to make at least one more minor-league rehab start at Triple-A, but the Nationals will have to make a decision on Wang by May 27 and current fifth starter Ross Detwiler has a 2.78 ERA in seven starts.

  1. tcostant - May 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Nice problem to have, to much pitching…

  2. vallewho - May 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    yeah. CMW is great when he’s “on”.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Refreshing to see a player volunteer to go the bullpen to help the club and work his way back. I understand there isn’t much for for him in rotation but there are plenty of starters who would bitch and moan like a little girl if they had to go to the pen.
    Hope he makes it back and is productive.

  4. harrysatchel - May 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Isn’t Lannen still in the minors as well?

    • kkolchak - May 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      Yep, and sadly he is stinking up the joint at AAA. Unless there is a run of injuries or a trade, it is doubtful Lannan will be back this year. The Nats also signed Zach Duke, who is pitching much better than Lannan at AAA and would be a better call up candidate if they needed a spot start right now.

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