Tag:Chien-Ming Wang
Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Coming soon to Washington: Chien-Ming Wang

By Matt Snyder

Remember Chien-Ming Wang? The runner-up for the 2006 AL Cy Young has been steadily working his way back from a bad shoulder injury and hasn't pitched since July 4, 2009. But he's actually close to a return for the Washington Nationals.

Wang will make a rehab start in Triple-A Tuesday and could be summoned by the Nationals near the trade deadline, if one of the starters -- like Jason Marquis, who's name has shown up in rumors --is dealt. If not, Jordan Zimmermann is going to hit his innings ceiling at some point, so Wang would then join the rotation (MASN.com). Whatever the path, we'll see Wang in the majors for the first time in over two years.

Wang, 31, has been very impressive in working his way through the minors. Reports have him hitting 94 on the radar gun and he has a 1.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 18 innings so far. He's getting stronger, too, as he's been particularly dominant in his last two outings at Double-A.

When Wang was healthy, he was a quality starter for the Yankees. He was 38-13 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2006 and 2007 combined.

Looking ahead to next season, adding Stephen Strasburg and Chien-Ming Wang to Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan actually gives the Nationals a pretty solid starting rotation. That is, assuming full health and potential for everyone.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Chien-Ming Wang finally returns to pitching

By Evan Brunell

WangThe last time Chien-Ming Wang pitched in a professional baseball game was way back on July 4, 2009.

Days before the two-year anniversary of that start, Wang finally pitched in a game again by taking the hill for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, the same team that Bryce Harper plays for. The Nationals had signed Wang prior to the 2010 season and have been extraordinarily patient in the right-hander's rehab from shoulder surgery.

He only went three innings, but had an encouraging outing by whiffing three and not handing out any free passes although he gave up two runs on four hits. He induced six groundouts and one flyout, a number right in line with Wang's game. The Washington Times reported that Wang generally pitched in the 86-88mph range, topping out at 90 once over his 49 total pitches.

Wang's not going to be in the bigs anytime soon; there's plenty more rehab starts on the way. Still, the fact that he was able to get onto a mound and not have his arm disintegrate into pieces is a major step forward. And it's awfully nice to have Wang's double-entendre name back in the news.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:58 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Minor moves in baseball

There's been plenty of news today -- Josh Willingham to the A's, Kerry Wood back to the Cubs, and so on -- but there are some minor moves to take note of, too.
  • Chien-Ming Wang has re-upped with the Nationals on a one-year, $1 million contract. Wang was with Washington in 2010 but was unable to return from the myriad of injuries that derailed his career as a Yankee. He will be able to earn another $5 million in incentives and may be ready to contend for a rotation spot in spring training.
  • The Red Sox have inked left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller to minor-league deals, and the two will battle for a spot in the bullpen. Boston also signed former first-round pick Ryan Harvey, who is making the transition to a pitcher.
  • The Twins and Rockies made a minor trade, with Colorado acquiring catcher Jose Morales and Minnesota lefty pitcher Paul Bargas. Bargas has a shot to become a middle reliever but is still a ways off, while Morales figures to back up Chris Iannetta in 2011.
  • Enrique Rojas on Twitter says that reliever Guillermo Mota has five offers to join a team, with the Giants, Dodgers and Rays the finalists.
  • The Indians inked shortstop Adam Everett to a minor-league deal. He was released by the Tigers midway through 2010 and will fight for a backup spot. He can field, but can't hit a lick.
  • Tampa and San Diego's long nightmare may be over, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reveals that the Jason Bartlett trade is almost done.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Nats not giving up on Wang

Chien-Ming Wang
The Nationals spent $2 million on Chien-Ming Wang in 2010 and got zero return. Even so, they're hoping if he is able to pitch in the majors again, they will be the beneficiary.

Wang was 19-game winner in both 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees, but saw his 2008 season end in June due to a foot injury suffered while running the bases in an interleague game. In 2009, his performance fell off badly (1-6, 9.64 ERA) and he was diagnosed with hip issues and finally a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery in July. The Yankees cut him loose after the season, and the Nats signed him in hopes he would be back in 2010.

That didn't happen, as Wang was unable to throw in a game situation until a handful of fall instructional league appearances. He's at home and not throwing, though he expects to resume throwing in time for spring training. Despite not pitching in 2010, he'd get a raise in arbitration only because nobody's salary decreases in arbitration. Rather than face the risk of that, or having to release him, the Nationals are hoping to negotiate a one-year deal for less, according to the Washington Post.

"We're all hoping we can work something out for him to be with the Nationals in 2011," said Alan Nero, Wang's agent.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Chien-Ming Wang won't return in 2010

Chien-Ming Wang Chien-Ming Wang won't be returning to the majors this season because of a weak shoulder.

Wang underwent surgery in July of 2009 to repair a torn ligament in the shoulder and rehab has been slow -- however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The ex-Yankee is preparing to play in instructional league in the fall, Nats GM Mike Rizzo tells MLB.com .

"We are going to try to get him prepared to go to the instructional league, participate there, get him some innings, and get [him] stretched out," Rizzo said.

The 31-year-old is arbitration eligible after the year and the club is hoping he stays with Washington. He's currently working under a one-year, $2 million pact. Rizzo isn't sure how Wang and his agent feel, however.

"We don't know what the plan is," Rizzo said. "We are in communication with his agent. We are going to see if we [can] work something out. We like him. We want him. We want to keep him with the club."

Wang was once the Yankees ace, going a combined 38-13 for New York from 2006-07, posting a 3.67 ERA. Things went awry in 2008 when Wang injured his foot running the bases in interleague play in 2008 and could never get right in '09, being bombed to the tune of a 9.64 ERA over a total of 42 innings before finally undergoing surgery that Rizzo said baseball has never seen. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a similar injury while with the San Diego Chargers and eventually took the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Nats bringing Wang along slow

Chien-Ming Wang Chien-Ming Wang's rehab with the Washington Nationals is going well, even if it's conservative.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Wang is at least one month away from a debut with the Nationals, and may stretch into early April. He is currently throwing simulated innings every two or three days at the team's spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Wang last pitched July 12, 2009 for the Yankees before having to shut down due to shoulder surgery.

e posted an ugly 1-6 record and 9.64 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances prior to the surgery and it's thought his shoulder woes developed from compensating for not fully recovering from a foot injury sustained in 2008 by running the bases in interleague play.

"[Wang has] been incredibly positive," agent Alan Nero told Kilgore of the rehab. Part of why Wang is so upbeat, according to Nero, is the fact Washington is taking his rehab conservatively. They also allowed Wang a three-day visit to his family in New Jersey.

"With the Yankees, there was never a complete understanding of the injury," Nero added. "The conservative approach the Nationals have taken has been outstanding."

-- Evan Brunell

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