VIERA, Fla. - The way things are going right now, it's looking more and more like the Nationals will play a spring game with Chien-Ming Wang before they will play one with Cla Meredith.
Wang, who will pitch a game in the Nationals' accelerated minor league camp on Friday, continued to look stronger in his latest bullpen session today, snapping his curveball with regularity and continuing to add velocity to his fastball. If his surgically repaired shoulder continues to get stronger, he could make his second appearance of the spring in a major league game.
He said he is still working on his changeup, but continues to feel better on the mound and sounds as optimistic as ever about his chances of pitching in the majors this year.
Meredith, on the other hand, seems to be getting further away from pitching in a game. He had a second MRI on his elbow after cutting his second workout of the spring short. The second MRI, an arthrogram where dye is injected into the elbow, should show if Meredith has structural damage like a torn ligament that would require Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow before this season, and came into camp optimistic about his shot of making the team. Now, it's uncertain when he'll pitch next.
"It's pretty deflating," Meredith said. "I've worked too hard to get myself back from surgery. I've never been in a spot like this. I guess it's kind of a mental gut check."
He had not heard the results of his MRI as of Saturday afternoon.