Chien-Ming Wang adds velocity in second post-surgery outing

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Clocked at 85-87 miles per hour last week in his first game action since shoulder surgery, Chien-Ming Wang took the mound for the second time in an instructional league game today and upped his velocity to 89 mph.
Wang threw 17 pitches in two shutout innings, inducing four ground-ball outs. Soon to be a free agent after signing a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason, Wang is guaranteed at least $1.6 million via the arbitration process if the Nationals decide to tender him a contract.
However, according to Ben Goessling of the Nationals will likely try to work out a new deal with Wang that would allow them to keep him around for less guaranteed money after he failed to throw a pitch this season.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.