Wang feeling better on mound
A day after pitching four shutout innings in a rehab stint for Class A Potomac, Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang announced Sunday that he is scheduled to pitch five innings for Double-A Harrisburg this week.
In two rehab starts with Potomac and Class A Hagerstown, Wang has a combined 2.57 ERA with a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio (5 Ks/2 BBs). In his last start, his fastball was clocked as high as 91 miles per hour.
Wang said he would like to improve his control on the mound and pitch in the big leagues this year. The last time Wang pitched in a big-league game was in early 2009, when he played with the Yankees. He has missed more two years because of shoulder problems. He missed the entire 2010 season and has yet to pitch in a big-league game this year.
Wang said this year is the best he has felt in a long time.
“Last year was [up and down],” Wang said. “This year, [the shoulder is] getting better and better.”