Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who is recovering from a left hamstring strain, pitched 89 balls over a seven-inning start in his third rehab assignment, leading his minor league team to a 15-8 victory in Syracuse, New York Wednesday.
Playing with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals, Wang threw 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out and walking one.
The Taiwanese "fielded each perfect toss," according to the news website Syracuse.com.
"The sinker is starting to come back," the 32-year-old was quoted as saying in the news report.
"I tried my best. I tried to throw a lot of sinker balls to go back to the normal days. I'm glad that the sinker was still there," Wang said.
Aside from Wang's strong pitches, the Chiefs' batting line produced some powerhouse runs against the Durham Bulls, scoring two and pouring five runs in the first and the second innings, respectively, to lead 8-2 when Wang walked off the mound.
Even though the right-hander has achieved the goal of throwing 85 balls in a game, set by the Nationals, the team was in no hurry for his return.
Nationals Team Manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Post that he wanted Wang to get fully ready before he plays again in the major league, as the current starters in the Nationals' rotation have been pitching quite well.
The team is going to have Wang play at least one more rehab game, the manager said.
It was no surprise that Wang's return as a starter came into doubt as Ross Detwiler, who has been filling in during Wang's absence, recorded a 1.59 earned-run average with three wins and one loss.
The Washington Times also reported earlier that the Nationals may let the Taiwanese player spend a maximum of 30 days on his rehab assignment through May 28.
Wang said he only needs to get himself prepared and let the team decide the rest.
(By Summer Kuo, Tony Liao and Nell Shen)