The Dodgers will pass on rehabbing starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, according to baseball sources.
General manager Ned Colletti and assistant GM Logan White watched Wang throw Wednesday in Arizona, but the right-hander remains limited to flat-ground work. He has not thrown off a mound as he recovers from last summer's shoulder surgery.
The Dodgers' need for an established fifth starter is no secret, nor is Wang's preference to be reunited with his former Yankees manager, Joe Torre, who last week called Wang "a special young man," but also cautioned that his physical condition is something that "has to be evaluated."
White was present to watch Wang throw two weeks ago, but the Dodgers believe he will not be game-ready until May or later. And with Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers are aware how unpredictable comebacks from shoulder surgery can be.
Wang, who turnes 30 next month, won 19 games in back-to-back seasons for Torre's Yankees in 2006-07, but was limited to 15 starts in 2008 by a foot injury suffered running the bases and only nine starts (and one win) last year before undergoing surgery.
Wang earned $5 million last year, but was non-tendered by the Yankees.