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Wang likely to bullpen upon return

May 19, 2012, 9:41 PM EST

Chien-Ming Wang will likely pitch out of the Nationals' bullpen once he comes off the disabled list next week, manager Davey Johnson said today.

Johnson's decision to use Wang as a reliever comes as a surprise, given the manner in which the Nationals have talked up the veteran right-hander and suggested all along he would not be a good fit in the bullpen.

The emergence of left-hander Ross Detwiler, though, all but forced the Nationals into making this unconventional move. Detwiler, who makes his eighth start of the season tonight against the Orioles, is 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA.

"Detwiler has pitched himself into a role as one of the main guys, not only this year but for the future here," Johnson said. "Everybody says it's a good problem to have, but probably not for the questions I'm going to get asked in this room. Because there's no easy choice."

Wang, who re-signed with the Nationals as a free agent in November for $4 million, was a projected member of the Opening Day rotation until he pulled his hamstring trying to make a play at first base inRead more »

  1. original Nats Fan - May 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I wish him all the best. He's worked so hard to come back from injury.

  2. stoat - May 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    He would be the guy to go to for a double-play ball, but that doesn't sound like the kind of situation he will be used in.

  3. sm13 - May 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Rizzo and Davey sure are unpredictable. I'm really glad for Det. He's performed above expectations as a starter and certainly didn't deserve a demotion to the pen.

  4. UnkyD - May 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM


  5. NatsNut - May 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    That's kinda cool. What a good sport!

  6. A Home of Consumer Researcher - May 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Davey made this point today might to let Det feel less pressure for tonight's start. But…I still think any schedule is changeable. Let's see how it goes when Wang comes back..

  7. Mr. Doggett - May 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I think Davey is all about rewarding players for good performances. What mire could he have asked from his 5th starter? Makes sense to be loyal to Det. Wang being supportive of this move is crucial. Our bullpen is that much better AND we have some great insurance if one of the Illustrious 5 goes down.

  8. JaneB - May 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I'm glad I don't have Davey's job.On the other hand, I DO wish I had Bud Selig's job. Then MASN would have forked over the dough they owe the Nats by now. There would be no more DL and various other improvements.Welcome back up, CMW. Stay healthy.

  9. phil dunton - May 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Detwiler may be making Davey's job easy. He seems to be pitching his way out of the rotation.

  10. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Hey Phil: How low do you think Wang's era is going to be? Less than Dets? haha Wang will throw his usual 3.50 + e.r.a. See you in the bullpen, Wang.Davey has been "hanging" with under performers all season e.g., Nady, Espi, and a few others — glad to see that he is rewarding a player for doing well. Davey is a mess — by my reckoning, Davey's managing or lack thereof, may have cost us 2 games at least — perhaps more.Send Davey back to the front office.

  11. Bigfish - May 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Given Detwiler's last 2 performances (counting tonight), I'm with Phil.

  12. Tcostant - May 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Just stupid, let Wang start until he shows you he can't do the job.

  13. A Home of Consumer Researcher - May 20, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    I think Davey needs to rethink about his earlier decision after today's Det and Wang game. Both of them are pitching as they were before. Wang had 8 ground outs with 1d double play. Were it not for the dramatic 7 stole bases by inexperienced catcher, Wang would not allow 4 runs because more double plays should happen!

  14. SonnyG10 - May 20, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    If Detwiler stays in the rotation, he'll be on a short leash for sure.

  15. Gonat - May 20, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    When I suggested Wang to the pen before, that idea was shot down quickly by NatsLady. She could certainly be right and it will be interesting if it happens. After another Dudwiler performance tonight if could be Dudwiler to the pen.

  16. natsfan1a - May 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Dudwiler? The last two outings are a concern, and I'm not the guy's biggest fan, but weren't you saying the other day that name calling is over the top?Obviously it didn't happen in 2011 due to the injury, but the way people make it so personal with the name calling is just over the top.

  17. Gonat - May 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    natsfan1a, calling someone LaDouche is offensive. Lets say Detwiler threw a dud.

  18. natsfan1a - May 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I can agree with both of those statements. :-)





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