Nationals not optimistic on Wang April comeback

The China Post news staff

Fans of Taiwanese right-hander Chien-ming Wang may not see him playing on the field any time soon as the Washington Nationals’ manager announced on the team’s website that a comeback in April was not possible for Wang.

Wang was set to pitch for two innings in his first minor league intra-squad game on March 4. The right-hander, however, felt stiffness in his shoulder and had to quit after pitching just one inning, according to the Nationals’ website.

“He threw an inning yesterday and said, ‘That’s enough,’” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “That doesn’t tell me he’s on pace for April.” The Nationals, however, were very understanding to Wang’s injury. Riggleman doesn’t mind the delayed comeback and believes that Wang should return only when he feels right.

“From what I understand, it was a devastating injury,” Riggleman said. “This is not a surgery that’s routine. When he gets back, he’s going to be really good, but the timetable on it is a little bit of an unknown.” said Riggleman on Nationals’ website. Wang, who has been out since July 2009, had originally scheduled a comeback in late April or sometime in May. But the Nationals were hoping for a faster return after seeing Wang’s speed and steadiness in bullpen sessions, said National’s General Manager Mike Rizzo.