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Wang rehab ahead of schedule

Mar 30, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang last pitched on March 15 against the Yankees.

VIERA, Fla. — Though he'll open the season on the disabled list, Chien-Ming Wang's rehabilitation from a hamstring strain is progressing in more rapid fashion than the Nationals expected.

Manager Davey Johnson said Wang will fly north with the club following Monday's Grapefruit League finale in Fort Myers, though it's yet to be determined if the right-hander will accompany the team to Chicago for Thursday's opener against the Cubs or remain in Washington to continue his rehab.

"I want to see his throwing program and what he's doing up to that point," Johnson said before tonight's game. "Not that much is going to be happening down here anyways. And then we can decide what's best for him to continue his rehab, either out of D.C. or whatever."

Wang strained his hamstring on March 15, trying to make a play at first base, and club officials initially feared the injury was serious. There's still no formal timetable for the right-hander's return, but the NationalsRead more ยป

  1. Cwj - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    With Wang, Lannan, Detwiler, Gorzelanny, and now Zack Duke (in AAA), the Nats are absolutely loaded with number 4 and 5 starters should the unthinkable happen and any of the starting 4 hurt themselves.Stating the obvious, but man this team is deep.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    If it wasn't about the money, Jackson would be the guy fighting for the number five spot, behind Lannan , Wang, and Detweiler, based on the way they've pitched this spring.

  3. bdrube - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    @Joe Seamhead:2011 WAR Stats (Baseball Reference):Edwin Jackson – 3.0Ross Detwiler – 1.1John Lannan – 0.9Chein-Ming Wang – 0.0Jackson is getting paid for a reason.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I'm not unfamiliar with Jackson, bdrube. Notice that I said " based on the way they've pitched this spring."

  5. Anonymous - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Regarding the WAR stats from 2011, they're kind of meaningless for Detwiler and Wang. Detwiler didn't start much until the end of the season and he was very impressive then. As for Wang, he was still getting back into shape, but grew stronger as time went by. Surprised to see Lannan's WAR so much lower, as I thought he had a pretty strong season. By the way I like Lannan, Jackson, and Wang but would have loved to see Detwiler in the rotation – he could still be something special.

  6. sjm308 - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Detwiler will be something special. Remember way back how the Orioles used to do this. Solid young pitchers started in the bullpen and got experience. They will have Detwiler join Gio, SS, and JZ next year and maybe add another arm of go with one of the other 3 that are already here but I feel Detwiler will be a big piece next year and actually all of this year.By the way, did you see our number 3 catcher with a great throwout on the stolen base attempt and also with a big hit with runner in scoring position. I realize he will catch in AAA but I am still thinking that 3 catchers are the way to go.

  7. sjm308 - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    should read "or go with"

  8. SCNatsFan - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Amazing that as a Nats fan I can ponder having too much pitching

  9. Mr. Doggett - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Too much pitching will work itself out… now we just need Bryce to be ready.

  10. natsfan1a - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Good for CMW. Get/stay healthy!

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