Chien-Ming Wang returns to Yankees camp
While we wait for the Vernon Wells trade to be officially announced (it’s expected to go through today, pending approval from the Commissioner’s Office) …
Chien-Ming Wang said that it felt just like old times on Monday as the right-hander tugged on a Yankees cap to go through the paces of a workout at the club’s Minor League complex.
Wang returned to the Yankees last week, having shown enough promise during his World Baseball Classic stint with Chinese Taipei to warrant a Minor League contract. He is expected to start the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“It’s like back in the day,” Wang said through an interpreter. “This was my first team, this is where I started. I feel great.”
Wang played catch and took fielding practice at the club’s Himes Avenue complex across the highway from George M. Steinbrenner Field. He said that he will throw a bullpen on Wednesday and selected the Yankees from a group of “four or five” interested clubs, all of whom offered Minor League deals.
“It was an easy decision for me, because I never wanted to leave,” Wang said.
Wang had a terrific run with the Yankees, including back-to-back 19-win seasons in 2006 and 2007. Right now, he’s organizational depth with no guarantees of appearing in the Bronx, but you know the old saying about never having too much pitching — especially when you think about CC Sabathia coming off elbow surgery, Hiroki Kuroda coming back after setting a career high in innings pitched and Andy Pettitte about to hit age 41.
If you set the over-under on Wang’s 2013 Major League starts at four, I think I’d take the over right now.