ATLANTA -- When the Nationals signed Chien-Ming Wang at the start of spring training, club officials hoped the right-hander would be ready to return from a major shoulder injury sometime in May. Once the regular season began and Wang was placed on the 60-day disabled list, the timetable for his return shifted to June. Somewhere along the way, that became July.
But as the calendar shifts to a new month, Wang still is nowhere close to pitching in the major leagues. He continues to throw live batting practice at the Nationals' spring complex in Viera, Fla., but still must progress to throw in simulated games, then in the minor leagues before he'll return to the big leagues.
Though the timetable keeps getting pushed back, the Nats insist Wang hasn't experienced any setbacks along the way. The problem, according to Mike Rizzo, is that there is no precedent for a baseball player returning from the complicated surgery (repairing a torn ligament in the shoulder capsule) he underwent last summer.
Read Rizzo's comments and a full update on Wang on CSNwashington.com.