Results tagged ‘ Chien-Ming Wang ’

Bruney back tomorrow; Wang decision looming

Brian Bruney will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has confirmed. The Yankees will lose a reliever as Girardi said it was unlikely they will carry a 12-man staff.

Bruney had some interesting comments pre-game in which he blamed Major League Baseball’s use of instant replay for his strained flexor tendon. He attributes it to the April 19 game at Yankee Stadium, where a Jorge Posada home run was reviewed by umpires.

The original call on the field stood, with Posada credited with a two-run dinger off Cleveland’s Jensen Lewis, but the review took 8 ½ minutes to complete and Bruney said that he continued throwing throughout the delay.

“I turned around to see the replay, and it was obvious to me by the first replay that it was a home run – which is what they called it anyway,” Bruney said. “I don’t know what the 8 ½ minutes was all about.”

Bruney appeared two days later on April 21 but felt weak, allowing a run on two hits to the A’s, and was subsequently placed on the disabled list. Bruney said he lodged a complaint with the MLB Players Association about the delay and was told the play was reviewed from a remote location.

“I don’t know if somebody was on a lunch break or what, but something went wrong,” Bruney said. “That’s a long time for any pitcher to be throwing. That’s a long inning, plus another long inning. But I’m back.”

Chien-Ming Wang will come to New York for “a change of scenery” tomorrow and throw a bullpen, after which the Yankees will make a decision about his next start, but it does not sound like it will come with the Yankees. There are still concerns about command, as his sinker was high in the zone. His velocity was OK, averaging between 88-92 mph, Girardi said.

Additionally, Brett Gardner has a contusion of his right rotator cuff after his slide into home plate yesterday. He had an MRI today and Girardi said he is day-to-day.

Starting over again

Interesting factoid in today’s Yankees game notes:

Tonight’s Yankees starter, Chien-Ming Wang, will be facing former Yomiuri Giants
pitcher Koji Uehara for the second time in their baseball careers. They previously started against each other in the 2004 Olympics in Athens during round robin play, when Wang was a member of Team Taiwan and Uehara was a member of Team Japan. Wang recorded a no-decision in the 4-3, 10-inning, Team Japan victory.

More from Camden Yards later today…

Closing thoughts from Clearwater

Just finishing things up here in Clearwater, where the skies are still overcast and it’s beginning to look like a good thing that I’ve been keeping a fleece sweater in the trunk of my car since … oh, say, February 11.

It appears that Derek Jeter has taken to the friendly skies after Team USA’s loss, hoping to make it back for the Tuesday night game against the Red Sox.

“He’s planning on being here tomorrow night,” Girardi said. “Are we surprised?”

Girardi said that he’s planning on accommodating Jeter and re-writing his lineup card. They don’t necessarily have to do anything special with Jeter for the rest of camp – all things considered, Girardi said Jeter should be able to have had close to 60 at-bats this spring, which is enough.

Chien-Ming Wang took Brett Tomko’s innings today, so the Yankees will stretch out their long relief candidates on Saturday against the Braves. Tomko and Dan Giese will both get a lot of work while Wang stays behind in Tampa … weather permitting. The Yankees didn’t take a long reliever out of camp last year, but this year one may be more crucial because of the limitation on Joba Chamberlain’s innings.

Brian Bruney (7.42 ERA) is having a rough spring. He was half-joking today when he said that he hopes he can still make the team, and Girardi said that he doesn’t need to worry about that – they still want him to be the eighth inning man. But they’d also like to see him not give up two-run bombs to Matt Stairs.

Girardi said the Yankees need to find a way to get him going. If they don’t (me talking, not Girardi), imagine how quickly the ‘Joba needs to be in the bullpen’ crowd will take it to the next level?

Wang in the Win-dy city

There was a funny moment last night in the Yankees clubhouse, when Chien-Ming Wang was conducting his postgame interview session with reporters. Wang is lockering next to Joba Chamberlain here in Chicago, and Chamberlain literally climbed inside his locker while Wang spoke, staring over Wang’s shoulder, making faces and doing almost anything he could to try and distract Wang. It didn’t work and Wang got through his interview fine.

Later, the conversation turned to how Wang is now the quickest pitcher to reach 50 career wins since Dwight Gooden did it with the Mets. Wang said he didn’t know who Gooden was, listening attentively as someone recounted Gooden’s early days with the Mets and later his no-hitter for the Yankees.

Then, someone dropped the name ‘Doc Gooden.’ Now, that guy, Wang knew.

“He does know!” Chamberlain yelled, calling back all of the reporters who had left the conversation.

The Yankees were pretty giddy all around last night. Jason Giambi was asked something about seeing his batting average on the scoreboard and Derek Jeter started hollering, “Don’t do it, Jason, don’t look at it! Just don’t look!”

Funny what winning can do. The Moose is on the loose tonight, with first pitch at 8:11 p.m. ET. Here’s a great stat courtesy of SNY.tv’s Michael Salfino (full article here):

“Mussina has generated swinging strikes 11 times this year on 319 pitches. That’s five percent of strikes. At his peak, his rate was over three times that and it was 13 percent as recently as 2006. Last year, it was nine percent.”

Mr. Wang-derful

You couldn’t ask for much more than that if you’re a Yankees fan, watching the pitcher maligned as not being a “true ace” rifle through the Red Sox, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Chien-Ming Wang may never win a Cy Young Award but the Yankees can definitely do with him as their No. 1, especially when he pitches like he did on Friday at Fenway Park.

Setting aside Bobby Abreu’s missed catch for a second — an outfielder, particularly one who won a Gold Glove just three years ago, really should make that grab — the thing about Wang’s a complete game two-hitter was that it wasn’t especially all that pretty. Wang gave up some very hard hit balls, particularly in the fifth inning, but he made the dimensions at Fenway work for him this time, having struggled there against the Red Sox in the past.

It all works off Wang’s sinker, but he got some strikeouts with his slider and threw his four-seamer quite a bit to give Boston a little bit of a different look. By the time Coco Crisp legged out the bunt single in the ninth inning, it seemed to be pretty much a foregone conclusion that — no-hitter, one-hitter or two-hitter — this night was going to belong to Wang.

Meanwhile, I’m sitting in a Beantown hotel lobby at a Starbucks, pounding away on this new wireless card MLB sprang for. How trendy!

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