Nationals manger Davey Johnson did not hold back Wednesday when describing the severity of starter Chien-Ming Wang’s strained left hamstring (via CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider):
“He’s moving around walking good, but from what I saw today, he’s got quite a bit of blood in there,” Johnson said. “Before he gets on the mound, I’d say three weeks, maybe a month. I’ll have to double-check with the doctor, but I just saw a lot of blood in there.”
Wang is going to play catch on Thursday, but Johnson is suggesting in the quote above that the Taiwanese right-hander won’t be allowed to get back on a mound before the Nats head north for the start of the regular season. Which means Wang is certain to miss his first couple turns in the rotation, and possibly all of April.
John Lannan, who has been on the trading block for most of this spring, appears likely to open the regular season as Washington’s No. 5 starter. He had a 3.70 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 184 2/3 innings last year.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.