Washington, D.C., March 21 (CNA) Despite Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang feeling confident about his condition, team manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that the player still has "a lot of bleeding" around a strained left hamstring and might need to rest for at least three weeks to a month.
Johnson said after seeing Wang in the training room that day that there was deep bruising covering Wang's injured leg in both directions.
"He's moving around, walking good. But from what I saw today, he's got quite a bit of blood in there. Before he gets on the mound, I'd say three weeks, maybe a month. I saw a lot of blood in there. I was surprised at all the bleeding," Johnson was quoted by the Washington Post as saying.
His forecast was double the original estimated two-week recovery time doctors had given to Wang.
Wang strained his left hamstring almost exactly a week ago during a spring training start March 15 against his former team, the New York Yankees.
Wang said he felt an improvement and that he was planning to play some light catch Thursday.
His injury opened up a chance for left-hander John Lannan to become the Nationals' opening day fifth starter.
With only 15 days left until the season's opening day, the Washington Post estimated that it will be mid-April before fans see Wang on the mound again.
(By Liao Han-yuan and Ann Chen)