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Injured hamstring has not worsened: Wang Chien-ming

Staff Writer, with CNA, Washington

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming of the Washington Nationals said in Florida on Friday that his injury has not worsened and he was feeling OK.

“This morning, I feel the same as I did yesterday. So far, I don’t feel worse. So I feel OK,” Wang was quoted as saying in an MLB.com report.

The 31-year-old right-hander strained his left hamstring during a practice game against the New York Yankees in Viera, Florida, the previous day. Wang was injured when he moved to his left to pick up a ground ball off the bat of Yankees catcher Russell Martin in the game’s third inning.

His left leg seemed to buckle as he continued toward first base and took a nasty spill over the bag.

Recalling how the accident happened, Wang said: “I was trying to pick up the ball and, in one step, I felt like I hyperextended my knee.”

Asked about when he might be able to stand on the mound again, Wang said there was no timetable.

“We are going to treat it as much as we can, and then we’ll let the team doctor make an evaluation a couple of days later,” he said.

“We’ll see what we can do from there,” he was quoted as saying in the MLB.com report.

Wang pitched well on Thursday prior to the injury, throwing 2-2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a hit batsman while striking out four.

However, the latest injury has drawn concerns that Wang might not be able to start the season.

According to the MLB.com report, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Wang will be out for “probably a couple weeks minimum.”

However, he did not rule out that Wang could go for his first turn in the rotation as the No. 5 starter as planned.

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