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Wang may head to Nationals' bullpen after rehab period: manager

2012/05/20 19:10:14

Washington, May 19 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who received a no-decision in his latest rehab game Saturday, will probably head to the Washington Nationals' bullpen as a reliever after coming off the disabled list, according to team manager Davey Johnson.

"I don't look at him as a reliever. I look at him as a quality major league starter," Johnson was quoted as saying in the Washington Post.

Johnson said Wang will be put on a starting pitcher's rotation, along with the team's five starters, but as a long reliever out of the bullpen, to avoid problems for the 32-year-old right hander's arm.

"I think he's a heck of a pitcher. I liked what I saw last year in his progression from that tremendous shoulder injury. I love the sinker baller," said Johnson, noting Wang's 19 wins in 2006 and again in 2007 when he was with the New York Yankees.

Meanwhile, Wang obtained a no-decision after his third rehab start for the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs, which beat the Toledo Mud Hens 8-5 in Ohio on Saturday.

Over the 5 2/3 innings he pitched, Wang threw 53 strikes in a total of 88 pitches, and gave up four runs on seven hits, including a two-run homer by the Hens' Matt Young in the fifth inning.

Wang is set to play another game with the Chiefs before his 30-day rehab period ends on May 27, Johnson said.

(By Tony Liao, Summer Kuo and Kay Liu)
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