Wang pain free after bullpen session

Wang pain free after bullpen session

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang had a bullpen session on Thursday morning and reported no pain in his right shoulder.

It did appear, however, that Wang wasn't throwing the baseball at full strength. But he said he is doing better than he did in 2010, when he missed the entire season because of a weak shoulder.

"The session was real good," Wang said. "The throwing was better than last year."

Pitching coach Steve McCatty agrees that he saw a different pitcher on Thursday than the one he saw last year.

McCatty doesn't know when Wang will pitch in his first Spring Training game. Wang already has announced that he most likely will not pitch in a regular-season game until sometime in late April or sometime in May.