Chien-Ming Wang left today’s game after 5 and 1/3 innings with what is being described as a right shoulder “strain with bursitis.” He is going to put on the 15 day DL.
Wang was actually dealing today, he had good stuff and good control. The only thing that was missing was his 94 to 95 mph velocity, it sat arounf 90 mph today, but it didn’t really serve as a disadvantage to him today. Now I wonder if the missing velocity had to do with this injury, I assume it does.When Chien-Ming Wang left the game, most people could not see what was wrong. He did not show any signs of discomfort and there were no signs for concern in his delivery. However, after the game Jorge Posada said that Wang’s last pitch was a fastball that was clocked arounf 84 mph and that Wang did not pitch that ball, he just “spun” it.
This seems like bad news, which it is, but according to PeteAbe everybody seems to think he’ll be back within a month.
The Yankees traditionally fudge the details of injuries. But according to Wang, the pain he felt was far less severe than the shoulder inflammation that put him on the DL for nearly two months in 2005. The doctor he saw this afternoon told him that rest and rehab would take care of his issues in a few weeks.
So, while it’s not good news, it may not be horrible news. Still, I feel really bad for Wang himself and for the team. Wang has been working so hard to get back to where he used to be, and if the Yankees had a healthy vintage Wang, can you imagine how dominant their roation would be? Just, think Sabathia, Burnett, and Wang as your top 3, and the 4 and 5 would be pretty good as well with Pettitte and Joba. Well, let’s just hope all goes well, and the Yankees have Wang back in a month and it doesn’t take him long to get back on track.’
As far as who takes his rotation spot, I would not expect Hughes or Aceves to be the one. It seems like the Yankees want to leave the bullpen as it is, and I don’t blame them if they think Wang can return in a month. Regarding, who takes the spot, it looks like its going to be someone from Scranton, probably Sergio Mitre, who has pitched well down there.