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Wang not likely to return to Washington Nationals: report

The China Post --According to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) reporter Dan Kolko, Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) is not likely to return to the Washington Nationals roster for the next season. He wrote on the network's website, “ I think it's safe to say we can say goodbye to Chien-Ming Wang. He's likely seen his last of a Nationals jersey.”

Wang, who re-signed with the Nationals last year a one-year US$4 million contract, failed to reach the team's expectations as starting pitcher throughout the course of the season. He ended his season with a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 6.68. Wang pitched a total of 10 games and started in five Major League appearances.

Wang missed most of the 2012 season after two stints on the disabled list due to hamstring and hip injuries, rehabbing in the Minor Leagues after his recovery. Wang has been struggling with his injuries in the past few years, including a torn shoulder capsule in 2009 that sidelined him for almost two years.

Previously, the Nationals had signed Wang to one-year contracts in 2010 and 2011, which included the times of his injury, where he worked closely with rehab coordinator Mark Grater. The team paid Wang US$2 million in 2010, though he did not throw a pitch.

In September of the 2012 season, Coach Davey Johnson had announced that Wang was not likely to be in the playoff roster and would have his last regular season start against the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of September. Johnson had stated that the four starting pitchers in the rotation would be Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler in the postseason.

According to Kolko, the Nationals would have several options in selecting the fifth starter to their pitching rotation, which included John Lannan, who was left off the postseason roster, re-sign with Edwin Jackson, or the free agency market.

Although the Nationals were ousted by the St. Louis Cardinals in postseason, the Nationals delivered aggressively in the regular season, coming out top as the best record in the National League of 98-64. They will be striving to strengthen their roster in preparation of the 2013 season, including adding a few tweaks to their starting pitchers.

1 Comment
November 1, 2012    ah1881@
We enjoyed having Wang on our team. I wish him the best of luck. The Asian fans supporting the Washington nationals have been great. Thank you.
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