Chien-Ming Wang remains ahead of scheduled in his recovery from a strained left hamstring and will travel with the Nationals to Washington to watch their Tuesday exhibition at Nationals Park. Still, the Nationals will exercise caution, and Wang will not rejoin the Nationals’ roster until after making two or three rehab starts, Manager Davey Johnson said.
Once in Washington, the Nationals will determine whether Wang rehabs with the team or in Viera. Yesterday, Wang played long toss from 300 feet in the Space Coast Stadium outfield. He has been walking briskly around the park and slowly upstairs to test the strained hamstring.
Wang’s arm has progressed enough from his shoulder surgery that he can recover like “a normal rehab guy,” Johnson said. “His arm is so much stronger endurance-wise than it was last year. I think his arm will still be ready for opening day.”
But his hamstring will not be. With the capable John Lannan in his place, the Nationals have no reason rush Wang’s recovery.
“We’re going to be very cautious with him,” Johnson said. “He’s a very important cog in what we’ve got going here.”