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Wang ready to return

May 16, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang is close to returning to the Nationals' rotation.

Rehabbing right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw a bullpen session in front of Nationals coaches today and declared himself ready to rejoin the big-league staff now, though he'll defer to the club's plan to have him make at least one more start for Class AAA Syracuse.

"I'm ready," Wang said through interpreter John Hsu. "But I need to follow the direction from the team."

Out since mid-March with a pulled hamstring, Wang has made four rehab starts at three levels of the Nationals' farm system, capped by Monday's outing at Syracuse in which he pitched into the ninth inning.

Stamina-wise, the veteran hurler believes he's ready to start a big-league game. The Nationals, though, have been trying to delay his return as long as possible and thus delay having to decide whichRead more »

  1. Zach - May 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Note to the pitching staff: Keep icy hot away from Wang.

  2. NatsLady - May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I like his attitude. If John Lannan had that attitude he wouldn't be riding buses in Syracuse, Ryan Perry would, and the problem would be even more difficult.

  3. SonnyG10 - May 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    I guess it will be Detwiler that goes to the pen, but I really don't like any of the options at this point. Glad I don't have to make the decision.

  4. UnkyD - May 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Didn't know Jax had ant BP experience…. Det being LH has to play into the decision, as well, doesn't it?

  5. peric - May 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    EJax is on a one year. Wang is on a one year. Looks to me like its between those two. Now that Detwiler has finally (like JZimm) proven that he can crank out quality starts and be effective its not the time to shut him down and send him to the bullpen. Just the opposite. And Davey knows that. Detwiler is a big part of future whether as a consistent slot in the rotation or as a tradable commodity.Now, EJax, a guy who likely won't be with the team next year? And, perhaps, a potential trade in July.

  6. A Home of Consumer Researcher - May 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Wang is the guy we need. Wang is good at "winning" rather than producing outstanding pitcher statistics such as Ks, WHIP, or Hits. But he is definitely a guy who knows how to keep the team in the game and to win by his low pitching counts.

  7. peric - May 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Det being LH has to play into the decision, as well, doesn't it?Definitely, its why Davey brought him up from Syracuse after Riggleman resigned. The more left-handed power pitcher starters the better.

  8. peric - May 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Wang is the guy we need. Wang is good at "winning" rather than producing outstanding pitcher statistics such as Ks, WHIP, or Hits. The caveat, or other shoe falling? That was way back in 2007 when Tom Gorzelanny was the Pittsburgh Pirate's ace.

  9. Theophilus T. S. - May 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Tell Jackson he's the second coming of John Smoltz/Dennis Eckersley and see if he can close until Storen is ready.

  10. Theophilus T. S. - May 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Not to mention that both Smoltz and Eckersley (in particular) had great (in Eckersley's case, outstanding) control. Other than that, Jackson qualifies . . ..

  11. Section 222 - May 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Having two power lefties in the rotation is a really good thing, and also works well with having Gorzo (L) and Stammen (R) in the bullpen as long relievers. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jackson in the pen for a bit, but filling in as a spot starter to give the other five an extra day's rest every now and then.

  12. Clip&Store - May 17, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Scott Boras would flip sh*t if we put his client, whom is looking for a big contract after this year, in the bullpen.

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