WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will be ready for Spring Training.
Wang missed the entire 2010 season because of right shoulder problems. After he was non-tendered, Wang re-signed with Washington last month. He will be one of eight starters competing for a spot in the rotation.
The Nationals are hoping that Wang, who is working out in Arizona, will be the pitcher who won a combined 38 games for the Yankees in 2006 and '07.
"He is coming in at the beginning of Spring Training. He is throwing off the mound, working out," Rizzo said. "He is throwing as we speak. He is not in rehabilitation mode right now. He is in preparation mode for Spring Training."
Nationals grant Martin unconditional release
WASHINGTON -- To make room for new first baseman Adam LaRoche, the Nationals gave right-hander J.D. Martin his unconditional release.
Martin appeared in nine games last season, going 1-5 with a 4.13 ERA before having lower back surgery in August. He had his first bullpen session this past Friday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.