Chien-Ming Wang to be evaluated before returning to the mound

Chien-Ming Wang (Tami Chappell/Reuters)

After being reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday, Nationals right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang threw a bullpen session at Nationals Park. He will throw another one on Friday before Manager Davey Johnson before he returns to the mound.

Johnson said the oft-injured right-hander could “conceivably” start games in the final weeks of the season because the Nationals face right-handed heavy lineups then. Though Johnson didn’t assure anything, that seems like a possibility if the Nationals have clinched a playoff berth and the division by then. The Milwaulkee Brewers, the fourth-to-last series of the season, are right-handed heavy. The St. Louis Cardinals, the second-to-last opponent, also have a several right-handed hitters.

Wang has been struggling with a hip injury that kept him in the minor leagues, and gave him a chance to improve his mechanics that suffered as a result. While he hasn’t performed as well as the Nationals had hoped this season, he is also an insurance policy against injuries to other starters or relievers. 

Wang struggled with the Nationals, with a 7.61 ERA over four starts and three relief appearances. He made 15 starts rehabbing multiple injuries this season, recording a 5.51 ERA.

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James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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