Updates on Jesus Flores, Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo provided updates on catcher Jesus Flores and starters Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang, the three injured Nationals who have been on the 60-day disabled list all season:
*Flores (shoulder surgery) is catching a handful of innings at a time and throwing to bases in simulated games. There is no set timetable for him to begin play in full games, but Rizzo is confident he'll play this season. "It's a certainty, unless he has a setback," Rizzo said. "But we're planning on having him back this year."
*Ross Detwiler (hip surgery) threw his second rehab session Sunday, going 3 2/3 innings and hitting 93 mph with his fastball. He had no issues with hip while fielding his position. Detwiler could be ready to pitch in the majors by the very end of June, but that doesn't mean he will.
"We'll see where we're at and where he's at," Rizzo said. "We have a rotation of major league caliber starters. We're satisfied with what they've done. Competition breeds success."
*The Nationals are targeting a mid-July return for Wang, his debut pushed back again. Rizzo, though, said Wang is right on track on his throwing program. He is pitching off a mound and long-tossing and will soon begin throwing in simulated games.
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