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Wang cuts short intrasquad outing because of shoulder tightness

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.

Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.

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