Wang to make Nationals debut tonight

By Editorial Staff

The recently slumping Washington Nationals will turn to Chien-Ming Wang tonight in hopes of ending a 5 game losing streak and avoiding what would be a season high 6 consecutive losses .

For Wang it will be his first major league start since July 4th 2009 when he pitched in 5.1 innings for the New York Yankees allowing 4 earned runs before exiting the game. Wang was placed on the DL shortly after the July 4th game and underwent season ending surgery on July 30th to repair a torn shoulder capsule in his right shoulder. Following the 2009 season Wang was non tendered by the Yankees making him a free agent entering the 2010 season.

Washington signed Wang prior to the 2010 season in hopes that he would be able to pitch for the Nationals by early August but due to setbacks in his rehab he missed the entire 2010 season. Having seen some progress during the fall for Wang the Nationals resigned him again prior to the 2011 season for a one year deal worth $1 million with performance incentives worth up to $4 million.

The Nationals feeling that Wang was healthy enough to pitch sent Wang to the Hagerstown Suns to start the year where he made his Nationals minor league debut on June 27th. In total between Hagerstown, Potomac, Harrisburg and Syracuse he made 6 starts in the minors this season going 2 and 1 with a 3.14 era.

While it may be best to not get your hopes up too high just yet expecting Wang to look like the Wang of 06 or 07 when he won 19 games in back to back seasons it is definitely nice to see him back in the majors. So here is to hoping for a successful debut tonight for the crafty veteran right hander.