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Wang put on disabled list, may go on trading block

2012/07/04 13:52:52

Washington, July 3 (CNA) The Washington Nationals announced Tuesday that Chien-Ming Wang has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip strain, retroactive to July 1, as rumors arose that he may be on the trading block.

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said Wang's trainer thought there was something wrong with Wang's body "because he's not able to get into the position where he needs to be to where he's on top [of the ball]."

"She's not a doctor, but she thinks there's something in his hip that's not enabling him to get into position," Johnson was quoted as saying on the team's website before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

The 32-year-old Taiwanese right-hander has struggled since returning to the majors in late May after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered during spring training.

Wang lost three of his four starts after being inserted into the starting rotation on May 30, and he was moved back to the bullpen on June 20. He has given up six earned runs and eight hits over three innings in two relief appearances since then.

The Taiwanese pitcher's recent struggles in trying to return to form have led to rumors that he will be on the trading block ahead of the July 31 trading deadline, and that he could be released before the end of the season if there are no takers.

(By Tony Liao and Jamie Wang)