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 MASNSports.com 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.

Marcell Ozuna scratched from Cardinals lineup because he overslept

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.

The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.

It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.