Chien-Ming Wang has sailed through his minor league rehab assignment to this point, allowing only five earned runs in 23 2/3 innings. He had a hiccup today, though, giving up five runs in five innings at Triple-A Syracuse. But the right-hander, who is likely to join the Nationals’ rotation after this start for the Chiefs, struck out five batters and only walked one.
He’d be on track to pitch again on Friday, if he’s kept on regular rest - and perhaps not coincidentally, that’s the day Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to pitch next. The Nationals have been fairly resolute about their plans to put Wang in the rotation, and unless there’s a trade involving Jason Marquis or Livan Hernandez, it seems Gorzelanny’s spot could be the one swapped out. He’s struggled in his last three outings, spraining his ankle last Sunday and lasting just three innings last night.
The Nationals could move him to the bullpen and send Ross Detwiler back to the minors, or put Gorzelanny on the disabled list (they’ve had a couple instances this year where injuries have cropped up right as a player is struggling). In any case, they seem certain about doing something to get Wang in their rotation, and after his rehab start today, they’ll have to think about beginning their maneuvering.