JUPITER, Fla. - Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, whose rehab from shoulder surgery is still progressing at a tedious pace nearly two years after the operation, won't be ready in time to make the Nationals' opening day roster, manager Jim Riggleman said this morning.
The news doesn't come as much of a shock; Wang has only thrown one bullpen session since cutting short an outing in an intrasquad game March 4. But the fact that he's still not anywhere close to being ready throws into question when he'll pitch for the Nationals, if at all.
"For a starting pitcher, there's no way we'll get him stretched out (to start the season)," Riggleman said. "Until (pitching coach) Steve McCatty tells me there's not only progress, but consistent progress for a couple weeks, then we'll think about that. You can't get too high or low about a bullpen session."
Wang signed a $2 million, incentive-laden deal with the Nationals before last season, and didn't pitch in a game for the team. The Nationals non-tendered him after the season, only to re-sign him for a $1 million base salary, plus incentives.