WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will not play a big league game this season because of a weak shoulder, but the veteran is preparing to play in the instructional league for Washington this fall, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.
"We are going to try to get him prepared to go to the instructional league, participate there, get him some innings, and get [him] stretched out," Rizzo said.
Wang, 31, is arbitration-eligible this offseason and Rizzo is hoping that the club can work out a deal with Wang in the offseason. Last spring, Wang signed a one-year deal worth $2 million.
"We don't know what the plan is," Rizzo said. "We are in communication with his agent. We are going to see if we [can] work something out. We like him. We want him. We want to keep him with the club."
While with the Yankees, Wang suffered a torn right shoulder capsule that was repaired in July 2009, but he has been slow to recover from the injury. Rizzo has said that baseball has not had an injury like the one Wang has sustained. NFL quarterback Drew Brees had a similar injury a few years ago, but recovered and guided the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl title last February.