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If the Yankees get anything for the remainder of the season from Chien-Ming Wang, they will have to consider it a bonus.
The right-hander suffered another setback on Monday while playing catch on the field at Yankee Stadium, experiencing tenderness in his right biceps as he tries to get started on his way off the disabled list and to a rehab assignment. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the session was only “so-so” and that Wang would be shut down until at least Friday.
“I think anytime you’re dealing with cuff issues or shoulder tendinitis
or whatever you want to describe it as, there is concern,” Girardi said. “Whatever he
is able to do, we would love to have. But I think anytime someone is
injured and you’re not sure when the’yre exactly going to be back, you can’t count on them.”
The Yankees are calling up Sergio Mitre to serve as their fifth starter on Tuesday and Girardi said that Mitre is not on a start-to-start basis. As of right now, he is a member of their rotation every fifth day. Meanwhile, Damaso Marte is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees have announced that Chien-Ming Wang’s wife, Chia-Ling Wu, gave birth to the couple’s first child, son Justin Jesse (7 lbs., 12 oz.), this morning in New York City.
There has been no ironclad, definitive statement that Chien-Ming Wang will make his next start in the Yankees rotation after tonight’s clunker. There also hasn’t been a declaration that he won’t. Basically, it’s wait-and-see at this point.
“I’m not ready to make that decision right now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in his office. “We’re seven minutes after the game, so it’s something we’ll discuss. I’ll sleep on it. In five days, somebody will be out there.”
That ‘somebody’ could be Phil Hughes, of course, if the Yankees choose to go that route. But the fact that Wang would be facing a bad Nationals team on Tuesday, at home in New York, could work in his favor. Maybe they’ll give him one more chance to straighten his mechanics out.
“It’s definitely frustrating for me,” Wang said through an interpreter. “I haven’t thrown a good ballgame in a while. It’s definitely frustrating.”
If I had to guess right now, I’d say the odds are 50-50. Think the Yankees aren’t confused? Check out this honest admission from Girardi, which he dropped after most of the reporters had left the room:
“Everyone kept asking, ‘When are you going to put him in the rotation? Hasn’t he shown you enough to put him in the rotation?’” Girardi said. “Now I’ve put him in the rotation, he struggles twice, and people are saying, ‘Why’d you put him in the rotation?’ He was pitching well, so we thought he was ready to go.”
What’s the problem, anyway? Dave Eiland said that Wang’s arm slot is all over the place and that he’s not able to take his bullpens out to the mound. Eiland seems a little perplexed by this, and even though he admits Wang isn’t back to where he was pre-injury in 2008, he says he’s convinced Wang is healthy enough to pitch in the big leagues. But he can’t command his pitches — he missed a lot low in the zone tonight — and that’s killing him.
“He’s got to take it out there with him,” Eiland said. “I can’t stand there behind the mound with him during the game.”
In this series, A.J. Burnett and Wang have combined to allow nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and eight walks in 5 1/3 innings (11.81 ERA).
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.
The Yankees lineup card shows 26 players with one hour to go before game time. Brian Bruney is back, but who’s out? It’s anyone’s guess right now. There will be something to report — you’d hope — by first pitch.
But one thing you can rule out — Joe Girardi said the Yankees aren’t ready to go without two infielders to back up Alex Rodriguez just yet. Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa will apparently stay. Joe Girardi said that Bruney could be pitching in the eighth inning as soon as tonight.
“I’m not sure exactly how sharp he’ll be his first outing out, but it’s good to have him back,” Girardi said. “We need him back and we need him to throw like he’s been throwing in the eighth inning for us.”
Chien-Ming Wang threw 50 pitches in the bullpen and says he is ready to pitch in the big leagues, and that he has the ability to keep his sinker down in the zone. He said he feels “almost the same” as last year. Will the Yankees agree? Again, stay tuned.