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Chien-Ming Wang set to return to Nationals in late April

2012/04/13 19:12:41

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to rejoin his club at the end of this month, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

The Taiwanese right-hander strained his left hamstring during an exhibition game against the New York Yankees March 16 and was put on the 15-day disabled list. He was not expected to join the Nationals' starting rotation until late April or early May.

Wang has been practicing and running in extended spring training at the team's Viera, Florida base, and is recovering faster than expected, Johnson said.

"We anticipate him being back toward the end of this month. So he has had no setbacks. He's doing great," Johnson was quoted as saying in a Washington Post blog posted April 12.

Because of the good prospects for his recovery, Wang could pitch against fellow Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin of the Baltimore Orioles in the next two months.

The two teams will play two three-game series, the first in Washington May 18-20 and the second in Baltimore June 22-24.

(By Kuo Yi-chieh and Scully Hsiao)