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Wang Chien-ming to return to Nationals' pitching rotation

Taiwanese right-hander Wang Chien-ming will be part of the Washington Nationals' pitching rotation next season, the team's general manager Mike Rizzo was quoted as saying in an article posted on the team's official website yesterday.

Rizzo pointed out that Wang, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler will be 100 percent fit for the upcoming 2011 season, while John Lannan and Yunesky Maya will be more consistent on the mound.

Add pitcher Livan Hernandez to the mix and the Nationals could have a strong team, according to Rizzo in the article.

”I'm really excited about our rotation,” Rizzo said.

The Taiwan-native signed a one-year Major League contract to re-join the Nationals last December, only weeks after the team originally chose not to tender a contract with the 30-year-old.

The latest contract guarantees Wang a base salary of US$1 million and gives him a chance to earn another US$4 million in incentives.

Wang spent the entire 2010 season rehabilitating a shoulder injury.

In a previous homecoming press conference, Wang said he had almost fully recovered from his previous injuries and is ready to face new challenges in 2011.

Wang returned to the United States last week in preparation for the upcoming season. 

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