PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Mike Rizzo is still holding out hope that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and catcher Jesus Flores will play in the Major Leagues this season, even though some in the organization don't see it happening.
"If they are healthy, stretched out and ready to go, [we'll send them to the big leagues]," Rizzo said. "They are both rehabbing hard. They are making slow, but steady progress."
Wang, who has been on the disabled list all season after having surgery in his right shoulder capsule, is pitching in simulated games, throwing batting practice and doing his long-toss program. But there is no timetable on when Wang will pitch in a Minor League game and the Minor League season is almost over. One person said the reports on Wang are up and down. For example, for about a week, Wang is throwing well. Another week, his arm is sore.
Flores, on the DL because of a damaged right shoulder, is throwing to all the bases, taking batting practice and hitting off a tee.
Flores has yet to play in a Major League game this year and missed most of the last season, because of a right shoulder contusion. Flores hurt the shoulder on May 9, 2009, when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of D-backs outfielder Chris Young. Flores was in pain for several minutes, but remained in the game before being taken out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Flores was activated from the disabled list Sept. 4 and made two pinch-hitting appearances. However, he was sent to Alabama after complaining of shoulder soreness and ended up having right labrum surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews.