Chien-Ming Wang, whose latest start in his impressive rehab assignment came Thursday when he pitched six shutout innings for Double-A Harrisburg, will take his next step Tuesday, when he starts for Triple-A Syracuse.
Wang, who has allowed just two runs in 12 innings of minor league games while working his way back from a shoulder injury that's kept him out for two years, could be a couple starts from returning to the majors. His sinker has touched 94 mph in his rehab starts, which is about where he was with the Yankees in 2009. If the Nationals trade one of their pitchers this month, like Jason Marquis, they could have a spot for Wang to join the rotation. Otherwise, they'll need a starter late next month when Jordan Zimmermann runs out of innings.
But Wang's rehab remains on track, and after spending the better part of two seasons helping him through his recovery, the Nationals could finally get to see him in the majors soon.