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Chien-Ming Wang activated from DL, but role on Nationals is unclear

Sep 6, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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Washington has activated Chien-Ming Wang from the disabled list after he missed the past two months with a hip injury, but when he might pitch again and which role he’ll fill remains uncertain.

For now Wang is throwing bullpen sessions so Davey Johnson can get a look at him and the manager told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Wang “conceivably” could make some starts down the stretch. Wagner speculates that would probably happen only after the Nationals had clinched a postseason spot.

Wang hasn’t been healthy and effective since basically mid-2008, although he did make some decent starts for the Nationals last season. Once upon a time the Nationals kept waiting around for Wang to get healthy and step into a rotation spot, but now their rotation is so strong that they don’t even need him.

Any starts he makes down the stretch would mostly serve as an audition for other teams to potentially sign him as a free agent this winter.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I liked Wang from back in his Yankees days, but I just have a feeling that for now on, his role is going to be “The guy that it’s always ready to go on the DL”

  2. kkolchak - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    At this point, Zach Duke, who the Nats just brought up after he had an All Star season at AAA, is a better option for a post-cinching garbage start that Wang.

  3. workinthebeard - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    As a Nats fan, I want this guy nowhere near the starting pitching mound.

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