Johnson said Wang's arm was strong, and that will allow him to start a rehab assignment within five days. He is expected to pitch three innings. It's not known which Minor League affiliate Wang will pitch for. Johnson predicts the rehab assignment will not last 30 days.
Once he is ready to return to the Major Leagues, it will be interesting to see if Wang will be in the rotation. Entering Wednesday's action, the current rotation had a 1.91 ERA. The fifth starter, Ross Detwiler, has allowed one earned run in 10 innings.
Johnson said the Nationals will have a good problem once Wang is ready to return to action.
"It's kind of a nice problem being that crowded. No doubt about it, but that is going to be a [general manager Mike] Rizzo problem," Johnson said about the rotation decision.