(PHILADELPHIA) — After suffering a left hamstring injury in spring training, the Washington Nationals activated pitcher Chien-Ming Wang from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Wang returned last season and went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA after needing almost two seasons to recover from shoulder surgery.
Wang, who pitched a rehab start Saturday, will warm up during tonight’s game and could be available tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies depending on how long he takes to warm up. Manager Davey Johnson will monitor Wang tonight during pre-game.
“He likes to throw long [toss] and I don’t know how many pitches he needs to get really feeling good,” Johnson said. “Today I’ll probably warm him up during the game and count his pitches, monitor his time. He’s too valuable to this organization and his future’s too valuable that I’m not going to use him as a normal reliever. I’m going to give him plenty of time while he’s out there before he comes in the ballgame.”
Washington (26-17) is currently in first place in the NL East, .5 games in front of the Atlanta Braves.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com