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Chien-ming Wang to pitch in simulated game

2012/04/17 17:53:12

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Taiwan-born pitcher Chien-ming Wang, who has been on the Washington Nationals disabled list due to a strained left hamstring, will pitch in a simulated game April 19 at the Nationals' Minor League complex in Viera, Florida, according to a press release on the team's website Monday.

Wang, who was supposed to be the National's fifth starter this season, was injured March 15 and has since been on the disabled list.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Wang will throw two simulated games before he starts playing in minor league rehab, according to a Washington Post report.

Washington's Manager Davy Johnson said he expects Wang to return by the end of April, the report added.

The Nationals want Wang to be able to throw 100 pitches by the time he returns to rotation and expects that this might take less time than a typical pitcher's rehab because Wang injured his leg and not his arm, the report continued.

"I don't think we're starting from ground zero," the report quoted Rizzo as saying. "But he needs to build up his arm strength again."

The Nationals were impressed with Wang's performance during spring training and want to place him in the rotation. However, as the team still has plenty of good pitchers, it is not going to rush Wang back yet, the Washington Post report noted.

Ross Detwiler, who has only allowed one run in 10 innings, will be filling in as fifth starter in Wang's absence, and the team still has John Lannan in Class AAA Syracuse, the report added.

"We have the luxury, if you will, to really make sure that he (Wang) is 100 percent healthy and stretched out," the report quoted Rizzo saying.

(By Kuo Yi-chieh and C.J. Lin)