Nationals, Chien-Ming Wang in talks for contract extension

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The Nationals were very patient while Chien-Ming Wang rehabbed from shoulder surgery. And now that he’s back in the big leagues, it appears they are working to keep him in the fold for 2012.

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Wang’s agent Alan Nero said the two sides are in the “preliminary stages” of negotiations about a contract extension.

Wang re-signed with the Nationals last winter, inking an incentive-laden one-year, $1 million contract. Entering play this afternoon, the 32-year-old right-hander has a 4.31 ERA and 21/13 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings over 10 starts since returning in late-July. He hasn’t walked a batter in each of his last three starts. The sinkerballer has a ground ball rate of 53.4 percent this season, which is almost exactly where he was when he last appeared in the majors in 2009.