Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang pulled his left hamstring in a spring training game against the New York Yankees on Thursday while covering first on a ground ball hit Russell Martin.
The injury comes at an inopportune time for both Wang and the Nationals as the former back to back 19-game winning Yankee had been projected to become the fifth starter in Washington’s rotation.
The Nats were considering trading left-hander John Lannan, who allowed four earned runs in four innings against the Yankees. If Wang is not ready for Opening Day, Lannan more than likely will become the fifth starter.
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Wang is attempting a comeback of sorts after missing a considerable amount of time over the past few years. The Taiwanese hero had a serious foot injury in 2008, and a shoulder injury suffered in 2009 sidelined him for close to two years. Prior to having to leave the game Wang had been pitching well against his former team logging 2 2/3 shutout innings, with two hits and four strikeouts.