Wang says he's open to working out of 'pen

Wang says he's open to working out of 'pen

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to have one more rehab start, on Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse, before he is activated from the disabled list.

While the Nationals have not told him what his role would be once he returns to the big leagues, Wang said he is willing to work out of the bullpen as long as the team gives him advance warning so he could prepare. Wang has worked out of the bullpen five times during his career, all coming with the Yankees.

"I would like to try it, and I would like to help," Wang said.

Wang was slated to be Washington's fifth starter, but started this season on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Since then, left-hander Ross Detwiler became the fifth starter and is doing a great job, going 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA in seven starts.

Manager Davey Johnson wouldn't say what role Wang would play, only saying that he considers Wang a starter.

"I look at him as a quality starter," Johnson said.