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Nationals activate Chien-Ming Wang, place Ryan Mattheus on disabled list

May 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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After missing the first six weeks of the season with a hamstring injury Chien-Ming Wang will come off the disabled list tonight, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Wang volunteered for relief duty if the Nationals felt he was a better fit there and indeed they’ve opted to stick with Ross Detwiler as their fifth starter. Wang has never been a full-time reliever, making just five of his 120 career appearances out of the bullpen, and he seems likely to be used in low-leverage situations.

To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Wang the Nationals will place reliever Ryan Mattheus on the DL with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which has apparently been bothering him for weeks despite a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings this season.

Mattheus told Zuckerman that he’s hoping to return after the minimum 15-day DL stint and by then the Nationals should have a much clearer idea of whether Wang can contribute as a reliever.

  1. natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Detwiler’s last couple of starts haven’t been good. If that trend doesn’t reverse (hopefully, it will), Wang could be back in the rotation in a few weeks.

    In the meantime, pitching depth is a good thing. More pitching depth is a better thing.

    • kkolchak - May 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Yep-and it comes at a really god time since injuries have somewhat depleted the Nats’ bullpen. Wang will be in the rotation at some point this year. When Strasburg gets shut down in September, they will need both him and Detwiler starting.

      • natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Meanwhile, John Lannan labors in Syracuse, trying to get back. A far cry from the days when Lannan and Livan headed the Nats’ rotation.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I liked the guy when he was on the Yankees, but Jesus, the Nationals should never activate Chien Ming Wang- he should just be de-activated from the DL.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool - May 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    “Here comes [Nationals Manager "Davey"] Johnson to the mound to pull out his Wang…uh I mean pitcher.”

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