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Wang makes New Year's resolution to make MLB return in May

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, who recently signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Washington Nationals in U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), said at a function in Taipei Friday that he looks forward to returning to the MLB in the coming year.

Wang said at a charity drive that he has made a New Year resolution to return to the MLB next year, hopefully in May.

He signed with the Nationals in February for one year with a guaranteed US$2 million salary, but has been in rehabilitation for the past 15 months and has not pitched for the Nationals in any MLB game.

The 30-year-old pitcher, who has been on a home visit in Taiwan since November, said he has spent most of his time training and rehabilitating to prepare for a comeback.

He met with the press and children that his foundation — the Wangderful Kids Fund — has sponsored at the event to raise funds and renew the foundation's commitment for 2011.

The recipients of the Wangderful Kids Fund donations over the past two years include the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China and the Paper Windmill Cultural and Educational Foundation.

Although Wang will receive only half the guaranteed salary of his previous contract, he can secure up to US$4 million in incentives next season.

He will be paid US$250,000 if he stays on the 25-man roster for more than 30 days, a further US$250,000 if he stays for 30 more days and an additional US$250,000 if he stays for another 30 days after that, according to his new contract with the Nationals.

Wang won more games than any other big league pitcher (38) between 2006 and 2007, but his injuries have limited him to just 27 appearances over the past two years.

In 2009, when he earned US$5 million with the New York Yankees, Wang was 1-6 with an atrocious 9.64 ERA before being shut down for the season because of his shoulder injury.

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