Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Chien-Ming Wang, starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals, is scheduled to play his second minor league rehab start on Friday morning (Taipei time), according to theNationals' website.
Wang will start for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators against the New Britain Rock Cats, and the team plans to have the Taiwanese right-hander pitch five to six innings, or 75 balls.
In Wang's first rehabilitation game on April 29, he threw 49 pitches in four innings for the Single-A Potomac Nationals, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three and allowing no walks. His fastest pitch was clocked at 92 miles per hour.
The Nationals said that the 32-year-old will get one more start after Friday's game before the team determines if Wang has fully recovered. He has to be able to throw 85 balls in a game before returning to major league action.
Davey Johnson, the Nationals' manager, said that the team has not yet decided whether Wang will be back in the starting rotation or stay in the bullpen after he returns.
Currently, Wang's original fifth starter spot is being filled by lefty Ross Detwiler, whose outstanding performance of 1.64 earned-run average in his four starts might affect Wang's return to the rotation, according to the U.S. media.
The Taiwan native strained his left hamstring in his spring outing against the New York Yankees in mid-March when he moved to his left to pick up a ground ball off the bat of Yankees catcher in the game's third inning.
(By Summer Kuo and Nell Shen)