Wang nears return to Majors

Wang nears return to Majors

LOS ANGELES -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang more than likely made his last rehab start on Sunday afternoon. He lasted five innings for Triple-A Syracuse and allowed four runs on eight hits against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wang threw 96 pitches, with 63 for strikes.

If his arm feels OK on Monday, Wang more than likely will be taken off the disabled list and is tentatively scheduled to pitch against the Mets on Friday at Nationals Park. It would be Wang's first big league appearance since 2009, when he was with the Yankees.

Wang has missed two seasons because of shoulder problems. He has been with the Nationals since last season, and has yet to pitch in a big league game.

If Wang is back in the rotation as scheduled, it would mean someone must be taken off.

When asked if left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, after he lasted three innings and allowed five runs against the Dodgers on Saturday night, manager Davey Johnson said, "I'm not really thinking about that right now. I just have a few bad memories, but we'll be fine. It was just a bad outing for a couple of guys."