Nats encouraged by Wang's first rehab outing

Nats encouraged by Wang's first rehab outing

MIAMI -- After a trip home to Taiwan during the All-Star break, Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang made his first rehab appearance Friday night for Double-A Harrisburg.

Wang, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 3 with a right hip strain, started and pitched four innings for the Senators in the first game of a doubleheader against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The righty gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, facing 19 batters before being pulled in the fifth en route to a loss in a 4-0 affair.

Despite the result, Wang displayed good command as he struck out three and didn't surrender a walk. He threw 54 pitches, with 42 finding the strike zone.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson was pleased by the reports he got following Wang's start.

"He threw the ball pretty good," Johnson said. "He didn't have a very good defense behind him. They missed a few balls, but other than that, we were encouraged as a first outing."

Wang struggled with a 2-3 record and a 7.61 ERA in seven outings, including four starts, with the Nationals this season. Johnson said the plan is to have Wang throw 65-70 pitches during his next rehab appearance and get the right-hander into a regular rotation in the Minors for the time being.