Wang throws shutout inning in return to mound

Chien-Ming Wang, the Nationals right-hander who missed the entire 2010 season while rehabbing from shoulder surgery, made his return to the mound today, throwing a shutout inning against the Detroit Tigers in the Nationals’ instructional league.

Wang’s interpreter, Alan Chang, said he faced four batters, walking one, and was clocked between 85-87 mph.

The Nationals are hoping Wang makes a full recovery from shoulder surgery; Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, said both sides are open to a contract for 2011 before the Nationals would have to decide whether to offer Wang arbitration, but are waiting to see how he progresses through the fall.