Nationals manager Davey Johnson says it could be a month before Chien-Ming Wang is ready to return from a hamstring injury. In the meantime, John Lannan is assuming the final rotation spot.
If John Lannan wants to make as strong a case as possible to open the season as the Nationals' No. 5 starter in place ofan injured Chien-Ming Wang today would represent a golden opportunity.
The 23-year-old hurler will be on the mound April 5 at Chicago's Wrigley Field for Opening Day.
Stephen Strasburg tossed five strong innings Tuesday night against the Mets, a start that puts the young ace on track to pitch the Nationals' season opener in Chicago.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Bryce Harper could answer the club's long-term need in center field and also explains why the 19-year-old was sent to Class AAA, not Class AA.