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Nationals manager optimistic about Chien-Ming Wang’s condition

Nationals manager optimistic about Chien-Ming Wang’s condition

Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson expressed optimism about Chien-Ming Wang’s condition Saturday, citing Wang’s personal trainer’s views that the pitcher could be ready to throw again sooner than expected.
However, Johnson told the trainer to handle Wang’s hamstring injury with caution.
“Make sure you don’t rush him,” Johnson said Saturday, before a spring training game against the Florida Marlins in Viera, Florida that finished in a 1-1 tie.
“But his arm feels great. I feel comfortable that he’s going to be fine,” Johnson was quoted as saying in the Washington Post.
The Taiwanese pitcher strained his left hamstring during a spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 14.
Wang received physical therapy at the National’s training facility and was walking without a limp after two days of rest and tests.
Wang, the team’s possible fifth starter, told reporters that he was “feeling not bad.”
John Lannan will fill in for Wang during the spring training in the next two weeks.
On speculations that Lannan’s chances of getting the No. 5 spot have increased now that Wang is injured, Johnson admitted that “Lannan’s been kind of competing with Wang for that spot in the rotation.”
But Johnson said he “expects that he’s (Wang) going to still be in that spot... He’s a starter,” he was quoted as saying in the Washington Times.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles’ Taiwanese left-hander Chen Wei-Yin pitched four scoreless innings until the fifth in a 3-3 game against the Boston Red Sox in Florida on Saturday.
Chen allowed back-to-back hits in the fifth, before Nate Spears hit a three-run homer off him.
He threw 75 pitches throughout the five innings, including 54 strikes. He yielded six hits and three earned runs and had three strike-outs. He now has an ERA of 3.60.