Yankees bring back Wang early

Chien-Ming Wang has made a U-turn and will be in New York tonight as a long reliever for the Yankees, the New York Daily News is reporting.

Wang had been scheduled to start tonight for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, but last night’s injury to Joba Chamberlain appears to have changed those plans.

Joe Girardi said last night that he is hopeful Chamberlain will be able to make his scheduled start on Tuesday at Texas, but the Yankees’ bullpen was a little thin even before Adam Jones lined a bullet off Chamberlain’s right knee in the first inning.

Having Wang around as insurance for long relief and a possible start Tuesday seems to make sense, especially after he threw 13 scoreless innings at Triple-A and looked sharp in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium.

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No news on Marte. He doesn’t seem to be with the team and nobody is talking about him. I’m going to try to find out more but really it’s like he’s disappeared.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 21, 2009
Scranton/WB 14
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1
W: Kontos (2-1, 2.45); L: Johnson, K (2-5, 6.69)
HR: SWB: Duncan, S (12), Miranda (7). PAW: Carter (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_21_swbaaa_pawaaa_1
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Akron (Indians) 3
Trenton 0
W: Gomez, J (4-0, 0.31); L: McAllister (2-2, 2.25)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_21_akraax_treaax_1
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Lakeland (Tigers) 5
Tampa 2
W: Hess (2-2, 2.50); L: Betances (2-4, 4.87); SV: Green (5)
HR: LAK: Laster (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_21_lakafa_tbyafa_1
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Lakeland (Tigers) 6
Tampa 0
W: Hoffman (1-0, 0.00); L: Pendleton (2-3, 4.61)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_21_lakafa_tbyafa_2
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Lexington (Astros) 1
Charleston 9
W: Brackman (1-4, 3.55); L: Seaton (4-4, 3.00)
HR: CSC: Mesa (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_21_lexafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 22, 2009
Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 7:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05 PM
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Clearwater (Phillies) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Here is the thing, IPK and Igawa both had success at AAA and were crap at the Majors, I’ll concede that.But neither ever had any success the the MLB level. Wang is different story. He has been our top pitcher for a couple of years, he has a Major League Wins title, two 19 win seasons, and 2.5 seasons as the ace of the Yankee staff.

Granted those staffs were declining once great pitchers like the Unit, Moose and Pettite; and kids getting shelled like Hughes and Kennedy but the point remains. Wang has had success at this level and given time and innings (preferably in long relief for now) he should find that form again. Hopefully, anyway. It would suck if an injury claimed Wang

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Let’s be realistic. Wang was seriously injured. It appears that Wang himself and the Yankees management did not realize how bad it is. It takes time for that kind of injury to heal and recover. Based on other major leaguers past experience, you can practically, sort of, write Wang off until later part of the season. The key here is if fan and Yankees top brass can be patient enough to wait that long.

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I don’t feel bad for you that you bought tickets and now you feel snuffed! haha. I think your team has given you your moneys worth time and time again….

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Welcome back CM Wang and wish good luck. The Yankees needs you. Now, the NYY will be ready for the Phil, Texas and Cleveland, for the next several days.

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I’m not sure Hughes is a good idea yet full time. He’s very shaky and hittable 50% of the time. Plus it’s not like the bullpen is still struggling anymore. The additions of Bruney, and Aceves have been huge and combined with Mo, and Coke I think we have a very good 3-4 inning crew that can get the job done. I still think Joba can be a 20 game winner witn a high 2 or low 3 ERA. But I wouldn’t doubt that the Yanks try and put Joba in the pen if Hughes has a good start on Tuesday. But it’s known that Joba wants to be a starter because that’s were the money is.

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i think this is the best way to bring wand back into the rotation. he needs to be in some tough situations against major-league hitters without the added pressure that being the starter brings. It’s also a good time to bring him into a cheerful locker room, hopefully the confidence the rest of the team is feeling will rub off on him. Knowing guys like jeter, tex and a-rod have your back and will give you a lead can take some of the weight that a 34.5 era can leave on your shoulders

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Are you asking me that question sword? If so, the answer is yes. As for Igawa, I don’t care what he won in Japan. He can’t pitch in the majors. I have pure disrespect for over-paid, over-hyped garbage ball players. I’ll disregard your underlying belief that I’m racist.

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If CC Sabathia struggled exactly the way Wang has, would you lose confidence in him? I know that Wang struggled mightily, but the team should not throw in their towel on the guy who was their de facto ace for the last few years. Igawa was a Sawamura award winner in Japan, so he knows how to pitch as well. Disregarding that seems like pure disrespect for non-American baseball.

Either way, Wang returning to his old, dominant form can ONLY mean good things for the Yankees as a team.

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I have to agree w/ Duncan. 13 scoreless innings thrown @ Triple-A is nothing to base an assessment on whether Wang Chung is ready for the bigs. I.P. Freely oops, Kennedy & Igawamammabahama have had success in Triple-a as well but, we know the rest……….

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i have zero confidence in wang, but who am i. if wang do not discover a set of ba__ _s and get those hitters off that plate, stick a fork in him he is done. i sure hope i am wrong and i will gladly eat crowe. but wang he has to adjust, those hitters know him, they know what he is going to throw. cashman look for another starter just in case.

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I bought tickets to the Pawsox game for today for the sole reason of seeing Wang pitch. This ******* blows…

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Bryan,
With the succes Hughes has been having and only a week or so until Wang makes his return, what are the chances the Yanks will keep Hughes and Wang in the rotation and move Joba to their inconsistent bullpen??

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OK – now that explains some of the comments on the other boards about Wang out of the b.p. I hope that he is fully recovered and isn’t being rushed back too early. He is needed during the full season and of course, the WS.

The start the season for Wang was absolutely crazy and heres to a full recovery of the Wang of 19 wins a season.

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