Taiwan’s Wang Chien-ming returned to a Major League mound for the first time in over two years Saturday morning Taiwan time. Though Wang gave up six runs in four innings in the Washington Nationals’ 8-5 loss, just making it back was a victory in itself. His next start will be against the Atlanta Braves early Thursday morning. ##

Wang’s nerves showed in his return against the New York Mets. The first five batters he faced reached base and four of them scored. The 31-year-old settled down over the next three innings, giving up just two unearned runs, but the Nationals could not recover from the first-inning hole and lost their sixth-straight.

Wang Chien-ming
Nationals Pitcher
In the first inning, I was in too much of a rush because I was so happy. I rushed my pitches so they had no sink. All that I felt was being very happy (to be back).

Wang’s first outing may have resulted in defeat. But his return to a big league mound for the first time since having major shoulder surgery in late July 2009 truly impressed Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

Wang will throw in the bullpen Monday Taiwan time to prepare for his next start, Thursday at 1am against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves, second in the National League West and leaders in the wild card race, pose another big challenge for Wang in his quest to regain his old form.



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