Wang to have bullpen session; Walker roughed up
Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to throw his first bullpen session sometime next week. It will be the first time he will throw off a mound since July 4 when he was with the Yankees.
Wang said he is hoping to throw at least 20 pitches during the session.
Since signing with the Nationals, Wang has thrown from 120 feet on flat ground. Washington is hoping that Wang will be able to pitch in a big league game by May.
Over the past two seasons, Wang has pitched in 27 games. In 2008, he didn’t pitch after the All-Star break because of foot problems and this past season, he missed the Yankees’ World Series run because of his shoulder.
Reliever Tyler Walker had another outing that he would like to forget, allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Tuesday. He now has allowed 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Walker said he is having problems with his fastball command.
“You have a tendency to let it rip and kind of overthrow the ball,” Walker said “When I miss, I miss up. I have to find a way to get the ball consistently down in the strike zone, especially with the fastball. I feel the off-speed pitches are close to being good, but the fastball command is not there.”