SAN DIEGO — Washington Nationals’ right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will begin his rehab assignment on Saturday when he starts for Single-A Potomac.
Wang, who has been in Viera, Fla., rehabbing a left hamstring strain suffered on March 15, will have 30 days to make rehab starts. The Nationals have said they do not anticipate Wang needing all 30 days before he is ready to return to the active roster. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday that he expects the right-hander to need at least three, possibly four starts.
Wang will be held to about 65 pitches on Saturday and Johnson said he’d have to throw at least 85 in an outing before the Nationals will consider activating him. He’ll likely be held to about 75 in his second rehab start and around 85 in his third, if all goes well.
It’s been an interesting few days for Wang, who apologized Monday afternoon in a press conference for an extra-marital affair that occurred two years ago, and pitched three innings in an extended spring training game. He threw 51 pitches in that outing.
Wang will be on a five-day rotation from here on out meaning that his rehab appearances after Saturday will likely be Thursday May 3, Tuesday May 8, and, if he needs it, Sunday May 13. The Nationals will have until May 27 to keep him on rehab assignment.