Wang (biceps) was designated for assignment by the Royals on Saturday. Wang struggled for much of the season, posting a 4.22 ERA on the year before hitting the DL in late-August with a biceps injury. The Royals activated Jason Vargas from the disabled list Saturday, so the move to DFA Wang comes in response to the need for a spot on the 40-man roster.
Wang was placed on the DL with bicep tendinitis, Joel Goldberg of FoxSports.com reports. Wang has a lofty 4.22 ERA for the year, but had shown improvement in recent games. Over his last five outings, he allowed just two runs across 11 innings. However, his season-long troubles with walks continued, as he allowed four in that time. Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.
Wang has allowed four runs over nine innings pitched in July. In his first season as a reliever, Wang has posted a 3.73 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He has five wins, but is not heavily used in close games, earning no holds or saves this season.
Wang (3-0) surrendered two hits over two innings in Saturday's 8-7 victory over the White Sox. He struck out two. A victory was likely the last thing on the 36-year-old's mind when he entered the game to start the eighth, as the White Sox held a seeming secure 7-1 lead at the time. However, Wang was rewarded for his solid work with the victory after the Royals rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. It was only the third two-inning appearance of the season for Wang, who's now turned in five consecutive scoreless efforts.
Wang pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two and picked up the win in Tuesday's comeback victory over the Nationals. After giving up earned runs in three consecutive appearances, Wang has settled down considerably, not allowing a hit in his past three. He needed just 12 pitches to get through the inning before the Royals bats woke up against Jonathan Papelbon to give Wang his first MLB win since June 16, 2013-some 1,052 days. The 36-year-old has done an admirable job working in the back-end of the Royals' bullpen.
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