VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang was scheduled to throw batting practice Friday, but it was pushed back until Saturday because the team is lining him up to pitch three days later in an intrasquad Minor League game.
More than a week ago, Wang said he most likely would be ready to pitch in a Major League game in late April or sometime in May. However, Wang has changed his tune. His right shoulder feels so much better that he is hoping to be on the Opening Day roster.
Wang pointed out that if he had a bullpen session last year, he would have to wait at least five days to throw again. This spring, he can throw every other day.
Wang is trying to make a comeback after missing more than a year because of shoulder problems. Once Wang has fully recovered, the Nats are hoping he can be the pitcher that won a combined 38 games for the Yankees in 2006 and '07.