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Chien Ming-Wang looks sharp in rehab starts, hopes to join Nationals soon

“Remember me?” That’s the question Chien Ming-Wang will be asking his teammates when he makes his first appearance in the major leagues since 2009 when he was a member of the New York Yankees. Wang has been recovering from shoulder issues the last two seasons and has yet to make an appearance with the Nationals since joining the club in February of 2010.

Pitching in live games for the first time since the injury, Wang has been very impressive with a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched between Hagerstown, Potomac, and Harrisburg.

The only question is does Wang’s return mean the end of Jason Marquis’ time in Washington? If Marquis is traded at the deadline his vacancy is almost a guaranteed opportunity for Wang to step in, but has Wang really shown that he can revert to his 2006-2007 self by dominating major league hitters? The Nationals would be losing one of their more reliable starters in Marquis for a guy who realistically only had two effective seasons in the majors.

Supposedly, Wang has been throwing hard clocking in at the mid-nineties, which obviously is good news, but I just have a tough time seeing him make an easy transition with the Nats. He hasn’t put together a full season since 2007 which was nearly four years ago! It will be interesting to see how GM Mike Rizzo handles the situation.

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