Chien-Ming Wang made his third rehab start at Double-A Harrisburg tonight, and it's looking even more likely he could be back in the majors within a matter of weeks.
The right-hander, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder surgery, allowed just two hits in five innings at Harrisburg, and threw his sinker as hard as 92 mph. He's only allowed two runs in 12 innings over three rehab starts, and while he could stay on his rehab assignment for another two weeks, it seems like he's almost ready to return to the big leagues.
It would be a significant milestone for the 31-year-old, who's been rehabbing since signing with the Nationals in February 2010. And if it happens, it will force the Nationals to make a decision in their rotation.
They've only needed seven starting pitchers all season, and only Tom Gorzelanny has spent any time on the disabled list. They could trade Jason Marquis this month, which would open up a spot for Wang, and Jordan Zimmermann is likely to run out of innings by September. But until then, the Nationals' rotation is fairly crowded.
Wang will likely make another rehab start in five days. We'll see what the Nationals decide to do with him then.