VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson isn't optimistic about right-hander Chien-Ming Wang being put on the Opening Day roster because of a strained left hamstring.
After Wednesday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Braves, Johnson noted that Wang has a lot of bleeding inside the hamstring and missing just two weeks of action was optimistic. Wang said on Wednesday that he was hoping to play catch on Friday, but it's not known if that will be the case.
"He has a lot of bleeding in there," Johnson said. "He is moving around, walking well. But when I saw him today, he had quite a bit of blood in there. Before he gets anywhere, I would say three weeks, maybe more. I have to double check with the doctors, but I saw a lot of blood in there. He can throw, but I don't see him getting on the mound. I was surprised by all the bleeding I saw."
Wang hurt his hamstring last Thursday against the Yankees. With no score and one out in the third inning, Yankees catcher Russell Martin hit a soft ground ball toward first base. Wang fielded the ball and fell down awkwardly after an initial misstep, then collided with Martin while coming across the base.
With Wang expected to be out of action to start the season, left-handers John Lannan or Ross Detwiler could be put in the rotation as the fifth starter. Lannan, who is on the trade block despite Wang's injury, pitched four shutout innings against the Braves and allowed three hits. He threw 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. It was an improvement from his previous outing in which he allowed four earned runs in four innings against the Yankees.
"I thought he threw the ball OK. He threw too many pitches," Johnson said about Lannan's start on Wednesday. "I thought he had good stuff, he had good sink. He had 70 pitches for four innings. That is not typical of Lannan. He pitched a lot better."
Detwiler, who has been pitching on the Minor League field of late, has pitched in three Major League exhibition games, allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings. For now, he is slated to become a long reliever.