Wang progresses toward return to Nats

Wang progresses toward return to Nats

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang had another rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. He pitched eight innings and allowed four runs on 11 hits in a 6-4 victory over Rochester.

Wang is expected to have one more rehab start before returning to the big leagues, according to manager Davey Johnson. It has not been determined if Wang will return to Washington's rotation or play a role in the bullpen. He was projected to be the fifth starter during Spring Training, but a left hamstring strain forced him on the disabled list.

With Wang out, left-hander Ross Detwiler -- who started Monday's series opener -- has stepped in as the fifth starter and has been tremendous.

"[Wang] looked good. I think he is real close," said Johnson. "That is left up to [general manager Mike] Rizzo. The question that it is going to come down to is, is he polished enough to come in and replace one of our starters and give us the same type of effort? [Monday] was a big step in the right direction. It depends on how he recovers from that, I would think."

When Wang gets back, Johnson said he will not have a six-man rotation.