Dan Kolko MASN Sports
The Nationals have placed struggling right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip strain and reinstated reliever Henry Rodriguez from the DL.
Wang's DL stint is retroactive to July 1. This is his second time on the disabled list this season; he missed the first 42 games of the season due to a strained left hamstring which he suffered in spring training.
Manager Davey Johnson said today that Wang's personal trainer thought there was an issue with the veteran righty's hip which was throwing his mechanics out of whack.Johnson made sure to mention that the trainer isn't a doctor, but apparently the team has concurred with the trainer's thinking. The timing is convenient in that it allows Wang some time to get healthy and work his mechanical issues out on a rehab assignment before returning to the big leagues.Wang had allowed 13 runs and 19 hits over his last four appearances with the Nationals, spanning 11 1/3 innings.Rodriguez, meanwhile, was placed on the DL with a strained right index finger back on June 7. He had seven scoreless (and hitless) rehab appearances between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.He was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and nine saves in 12 chances with the Nationals before going on the DL.
Looks like this will be the last chance for Wang. They'll make sure he's ok, run him through some MILB starts and decide what to do with him.
>>Manager Davey Johnson said today that Wang's personal trainer thought there was an issue with the veteran righty's hip which was throwing his mechanics out of whack.<<_____And if you believe that, you'll believe anything. It's a face saving way out for everyone and there is nothing wrong with that._____
Let's go Nationals!
"And if you believe that, you'll believe anything. It's a face saving way out for everyone and there is nothing wrong with that."
Well said on both accounts.
Davey: how you feeling today, son?
Wang: I feel good.
Davey: No, really....don't you feel a strain or something?
Wang: No Skip...I feel fine!
Daley: Maybe you want to rethink that, son.
Wang: Well, uhm, you might be right. Maybe I should go on the DL.
This is off topic for this thread but I didn't want to start a new thread just for this.
Johnson talked about a real conversation he had with Zimmerman when the third baseman wasn't hitting:
Zimmerman - Maybe you better move me down in the batting order from third.
Johnson - Why don't you just shutup.
Johnson talked about that on a radio pregame show before Zim started hitting.
>>"Johnson talked about a real conversation he had with Zimmerman when the third baseman wasn't hitting:"
We heard the story from several sources 2 or 3 weeks ago that Morse had asked Davey to move him down in the order because he said "I'm killing the team" and Davey refused.
So Zim asked him to do that too?