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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Chien-Ming Wang expects to start 2011 on the disabled list

By Adam Kilgore

Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, still in the final stages of recovering from major shoulder surgery that has held him out for since mid-2009, will likely begin the regular on the disabled list in order to log innings in the minor leagues, Wang said today.

Wang has been working out at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera. He threw on flat ground today, but he said he has already thrown four bullpen sessions. Wang said he feels "much better than last year," but still needs to build stamina in his arm.

While Wang is making progress, he seemingly can be ruled to make the opening day rotation. He said he's aiming to be ready to pitch in the majors by late April or May. His delay does not come as a surprise, and the Nationals were certainly not counting on Wang for the season's opening days.

Wang last pitched July 4, 2009, when he was a member of the New York Yankees. He underwent surgery to repair a sublaxation of his right shoulder, a rare injury to a pitcher's shoulder socket more commonly seen in football; it was the same operation quarterback Drew Brees once underwent.

This offseason, Wang and the Nationals agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal that includes incentives based on Wang's performance.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 14, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
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I assumed.

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 14, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I was prepared to fulminate about this until it was explained the he may rehab in the minors while on the DL. That said, I am tending to side with those that thin Wang will never be a postive factor with the NATS.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | February 14, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I gather you mean he can be "ruled out" -- there's a missing word -- to make the starting rotation.

And the word is "subluxation" not "sublaxation."

I know this is a blog and editing is light, but this stuff is not exactly breaking news. Somebody needs to read through it before it gets posted.

Posted by: Meridian1 | February 14, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I was at that game Wang went down - he looked awful and it was obvious he was hurt. Hope he comes back as well as Drew Brees did!! If you can even make that comparison between football and baseball.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | February 14, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Props to those posters who pointed out this move several days ago when I asked the question. I am still holding out hope that Wang can contribute this year and its better to have him in Syracuse, getting stronger then to have to place him on waivers. We still have a chance to get quite a steal for the dollar amount if he can return to pre-injury form.

Go Nats and thanks again to those who nailed this days ago.

Posted by: sjm3091 | February 14, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Well if you thought he was going to pitch this season you were dead azz wrong!

Posted by: dargregmag | February 14, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"While Wang is making progress, he seemingly can be ruled to make the opening day rotation."

Spring training may not even have started yet, but Kilgore's incoherence is already in mid-season form.

Posted by: FeelWood | February 14, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of money. This year and last.

Should have used it to overpay Werth even more.

Posted by: CJArlington | February 14, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with 'meridian1', it's frustrating to see all the writing mistakes on

Posted by: really9 | February 14, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Wang and the nats said he would be ready in late April early May LAST year.

Posted by: brianbu | February 14, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"aiming to be ready to pitch in the majors by late April or May" you say?

I put the Over/Under at July 4. Any takers on the under?? :-p

Posted by: TheBorg | February 14, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Must feel great to be a season ticket holder paying into the Chien-Ming Wang "discretionairy fund."

Posted by: break20 | February 15, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I was led to believe that he was 100% healthy. He's obviously not. I'm sick of reading about his stupid arm - cut him.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | February 15, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

"Chien-Ming Wang expects to start 2011 on the disabled list."

In other news, water is comprised of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen... the sun is "sorta hot"... Dan Snyder doesn't like being made fun of... and M*A*S*H is no longer in production.

If he makes 5 starts for the Nationals as the big league level it will be a sign of the coming apocalypse. This guy makes Semyon Varlamov's groin look indestructible.

Posted by: kingrob76 | February 15, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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