Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang felt his surgically repaired shoulder tighten up between innings of an intrasquad game on a windy Friday morning, and cut short his scheduled two-inning stint.
"He said he was just a little tight," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "There's no sense in trying to rush it, with all the progress he's made. We were hoping for two [innings], but it was one. We'll see where he's at in a day or two, and go from there."
In his first game-speed action of the spring, facing Nationals minor-leaguers, Wang wound up throwing 16 pitches, 10 of them for strikes. Radar readings on his fastball were generally in the mid-80s, with at least one at 87 mph, but still several ticks below his pre-surgery norm.
Wang actually looked better in his pre-game bullpen session than during his one inning in the game, with plenty of movement on his trademark sinker.
Opposing Wang, lefty Tom Gorzelanny also faced his first in-game action of the spring, making it through two innings and throwing a total of 23 pitches, 15 of them for strikes. Gorzelanny had been set back by a case of walking pneumonia just before the opening of camp. He said he feels fine now and expects to pitch in big league exhibition games beginning with his next outing.