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Nats encouraged by Wang's first rehab outing

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.

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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.

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