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Wang still not close to returning

Jun 30, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA — When the Nationals signed Chien-Ming Wang at the start of spring training, club officials hoped the right-hander would be ready to return from a major shoulder injury sometime in May. Once the regular season began and Wang was placed on the 60-day disabled list, the timetable for his return shifted to June. Somewhere along the way, that became July.

But as the calendar shifts to a new month, Wang still is nowhere close to pitching in the major leagues. He continues to throw live batting practice at the Nationals’ spring complex in Viera, Fla., but still must progress to throw in simulated games, then in the minor leagues before he’ll return to the big leagues.

Though the timetable keeps getting pushed back, the Nats insist Wang hasn’t experienced any setbacks along the way. The problem, according to Mike Rizzo, is that there is no precedent for a baseball player returning from the complicated surgery (repairing a torn ligament in the shoulder capsule) he underwent last summer.

Read Rizzo’s comments and a full update on Wang on CSNwashington.com.

  1. JayB - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Well that sure is a surprise…..How about Flores Mark?

  2. Nervous Nats Fan - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    I know it's different, but how long did it take Brees to come back from the surgery?

  3. N. Cognito - Jul 1, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Who is Flores Mark?

  4. Richard - Jul 1, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    And staying on the dark side, John Lannan got bombed tonight in AA.

  5. Grace - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    Wang's next BP actually is his third time…after Wang's first BP (6.22, 20 pitches), the Taiwanese reporter in Viera, said that the BP will longer than expect,Wang also know that, because he saw Zimmermann take a long time (more than a month) in BP and simulated games, plus the rehab group want be careful on him, so extend the period….Wang's second BP was on 6/27, 40 pitches…the reported said the BP could last to mid July (around 12th, when everything good)

  6. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Flores, Mark: the Nacionales beatwriter for El Tiempo de Washington, the paper everyone turns to when they get sick of reading the sports section in El Posto.

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    They said May. They didn't say May of which year.Again, for the newly christened, here is NatsSpeak on injuries:"Day to Day" = Next month."Next month" = Three months from now."Making good progress" = Spring training of next year."A setback" = DFA coming.

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