Wang to stay in Nationals’ ’12 starting rotation: report


TAIPEI–Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang willremain in Nationals starting rotation in the 2012 season despite the club’s recent addition of several starters, according to a reporter for the Nationals’ official website.

“I’m going to say this one last time. RHP Chien-Ming Wang is not fighting for a rotation spot. He is in the rotation,” William Ladson said in a tweet earlier this week.

The statement came amid speculations that Wang, who made a comeback to the Major League in late July, might not be guaranteed a rotation spot following the acquisition of left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Robert Gilliam from the Oakland Athletics.

Wang is likely to be the No. 4 starting pitcher next to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gonzalez, Ladson said.

That leaves one spot for young lefties Ross Detwiler and John Lannan, Joe Drugan said on the Nats Blog.