Wang await­ing test re­sults fol­low­ing in­jury set­back

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY AMANDA COMAK

VIERA, FLA. | Washington Na­tion­als right-han­der Chien-ming Wang was sent for more tests on his strained left ham­string Thurs­day af­ter­noon while the rest of the Na­tion­als were left to wait and hope for the best.

Wang was in­jured when he moved to his left to field a ground ball off the bat of New York Yan­kees catcher Rus­sell Martin in the third in­ning of an ex­hi­bi­tion game. His left leg ap­peared to buckle as he con­tin­ued to­ward first base and took a nasty spill over the bag.

Na­tion­als man­ager Davey John­son and trainer Lee Kuntz popped out of the dugout im­me­di­ately to eval­u­ate Wang but ev­ery­one close to the play could quickly tell there was some­thing sig­nif­i­cantly wrong with the Tai­wanese sinker­baller.

“I asked him if he was all right,” Martin said. “He kind of shook his head like, ‘I’m not feel­ing too good.’ He was limp­ing pretty good.”

Na­tion­als first base­man Chad Tracy moved to his right in case the ball went past Wang. But the play, as they prac­tice it in that sit­u­a­tion, is for Wang to do what he did: field the ball and con­tinue run­ning it over to the bag. Tracy said he could see Wang’s leg quiv­er­ing from the pain as the 31-year-old was reluc­tant to put any weight on it.

“When that left leg kind of hy­per­ex­tended I knew there was a prob­lem,” John­son said. “I just watched him get­ting up, I saw him limp­ing, and I knew he was done. Hope­fully it’s not se­ri­ous.”

The Na­tion­als don’t ex­pect to know any­thing more on Wang un­til at least Fri­day morn­ing, but Joe Gi­rardi, his for­mer man­ager with the Yan­kees, feared the worst when he came out of the dugout to check on Martin and dis­cuss the play with the um­pires.

“I think he tore his ham­string,” Gi­rardi said. “I just felt re­ally bad for him.”

If there was one pre­vail­ing sen­ti­ment in a somber Na­tion­als club­house, it was that of all the pitch­ers for this to hap­pen to, it was per­haps most un­for­tu­nate for it to be Wang. He worked re­lent­lessly for two years to re­turn to the ma­jor leagues af­ter surgery for a torn shoul­der cap­sule and had been draw­ing rave re­views for his per­for­mance this spring.

“It [stinks],” left-han­der John Lan­nan said. “He’s been throw­ing his butt off. It seems that he’s al­most back. Hope­fully there’s no set­back.”

Wang was throw­ing 90-91 mph with his fast­ball Thurs­day in the 22/ im­pres­sive in­nings he pitched be­fore the in­jury — even hit­ting 93 mph once, John­son said. Wang worked through the ma­jor league por­tion of the Yan­kees’ travel lineup in con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

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