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Nats taking precautions with Wang

Feb 23, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Chien-Ming Wang throws in the bullpen with pitching coach Steve McCatty Tuesday.

VIERA, Fla. — Though his surgically repaired shoulder is healed and he's experienced no issues since returning to the big leagues last summer, Chien-Ming Wang is taking things a bit easier than his pitching teammates this spring as the Nationals use extra precautions with the veteran right-hander.

Wang, who threw his first bullpen session of camp Tuesday, would normally have returned to the mound today with everyone else from his throwing group. But in consultation with pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Davey Johnson, Wang pushed back his session til tomorrow and will proceed throwing on a three-day schedule as opposed to the every-other-day schedule the rest of the staff follows.

Wang said the extra rest should be helpful after spending two seasons recovering from major shoulder surgery and experiencing more problems when he attempted to throw every other day.

"Last year spring training … my arm was stiff," he said.

Wang reiterated that his shoulder "feels good, no problems," and that he emerged from Tuesday's bullpen session with no pain or soreness.Read more ยป

  1. Marty - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Ah, the sign of changed times. Take your time Wang, take your time. Lannan will be more than happy to fill in for you.

  2. N. Cognito - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I see the DL and extended Spring Training in Wang's future.

  3. Sunderland - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Sounds also to me like it might make sense to keep Wang in Florida for the first couple weeks of the season and not subject him to the cold. I see a 15 day DL stint coming on around April 1.

  4. PAY TO PLAY - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    They certainly don't have to rush Wang. A week from tomorrow is the Georgetown game!

  5. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Yes. Never a good idea to touch one's Wang too often.

  6. NatsLady - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    See, and here I thought we were done with CMW jokes.

  7. Paul - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Safety is the best policy when it comes to Wang.

  8. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Sounds like NatsLady is one of those ladies who doesn't like Wang. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  9. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Just a nice divergence in the Zim-Rizzo-Brodie-Lerner play by play.I bet they are meeting at DaKine's right now!

  10. NatStat - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Wang is becoming more expendable by the day!

  11. Section 215 Row A - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    You know what's great? Multiple postings every day! Tired of discussing LaRoche's shouder? Zimm's contract? Wait a minute. We got a new Wang. And 42 days to Opening Day! The sun is shining and life is good.

  12. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Section 215 Row A got a new Wang? Who is he anyway, John Wayne Bobbitt? (Not to be confused with John Holliday Bobbitt aka Johnny Holliday, of course.)

  13. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I think he means "jump chute." We're not talking about the Wizards here.

  14. Johnny Holliday - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Speaking of me, what are you guys, 12?

  15. sec3ms - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    "to let him not feel like he's thrown right onto the bus right out of the jump shoot."What?

  16. DWS - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    You're right Natslady. Anonimi make Bryce look old and wise. Handles are great, shows a little responsibility. Time to grow up, anonymous, some of you are reading.

  17. DWS - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Insert worth reading. With an O

  18. Actually, I'm 11 years old - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Headline: Nats holding Wang for three days between sessions

  19. Unkyd - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    LMWO…..!!

  20. Unkyd - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I just got iPhone 4s….. This looks like Siri's work….

  21. SCNatsFan - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Iunderstand the thought of keeping Wang around Florida, especially with the cold days in DC… but if he is truly recovered then this is a guy we want on the mound every 5th day. Lets hope we get that pitcher.

  22. Unkyd - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Oops! Meant to paste this, first!:"to let him not feel like he's thrown right onto the bus right out of the jump shoot."What?——————-There…… Siri?

  23. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Iunderstand the thought of keeping Wang around Florida, especially with the cold days in DC…I see you know about shrinkage.

  24. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Sorry, but this guy is really high- maintenance. Lots of other, more durable guys around now. Off the subject but — I found myself thinking about the this year's team, ( a regular occurrence at work these days), and I really like what I am seeing and hearing. I think there is something to this "high character" type player that Rizzo has been signing. Danny's workouts, BHarp's work ethic, RZim's attitude,Lannan accepting the status quo, everyone coming to camp early, lots of really good signs. There are many things that are not controllable, but clubhouse-wise, things seem to be as good as they can get. Love these guys!! Oh, and in case you might have forgotten what it used to be like – have you seen the Elijah Dukes news?

  25. Cwj - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    How much $$$ is invested in Wang? As of right now I would go with Lannan as the 5th starter, followed by Detwiler, and then Wang.Lannan is durable, Detwiler is still young, but Wang…I don't know anymore. He may still prove me Wang though.

  26. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Johnny Holliday said… Speaking of me, what are you guys, 12? Fukudome

  27. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Wang…pay attention.

  28. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Come on guys, it's the man's name and he can't do anything about it. How about showing a little maturity and respect and quit it with the jokes.

  29. Joe Seamhead - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Anonymous said…Sounds like NatsLady is one of those ladies who doesn't like Wang. Not that there's anything wrong with that.February 23, 2012 2:53 PM—————————————You,sir, are out of bounds. Grow up.

  30. realdealnats - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Said it 10 days ago: Lannan as our left handed #5, Det to the pen, and Wang on DL.

  31. natsfan1a - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Atta way, Joe Seamhead. :-)

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