Chien-Ming Wang’s nightmare

Last night the Yankees released the news that Chien-Ming Wang will undergo season ending surgery. The surgery will be preformed today to repair a “capsule tear” in his right shoulder. The surgery will be preformed by Dr. James Andrews who also preformed shoulder surgery on Wang back in 2001. It’s never good for a pitcher to need shoulder surgery, especially for the 2nd time.

It has been a really tough 13 or so months for Wang, who suffered a sprained lisfranc ligament in his right foot in June of last year, and it all went downhill from there. Wang ended up resting for the rest of 2008, with the expectation that he would be fully ready for the 2009 season. He came into spring training of 2009, had nothing reportedly wrong with his foot or anything else, and began the season as the Yankees number 2 starter.

But, from his first start of the year, Wang did not look right. After seeing a string of horrendous starts, the Yankees placed Wang on the 15 day DL with weakness of his hips (we will never know for sure whether he really had weakness in his hips, or if the Yankees just wanted to get him straightened out in rehab). Anyway, Wang was rehabbing down in Tampa, and then Joba Chamberlain had to leave a start early after being hit in the knee by a come backer, and the Yankees panicked and recalled Chien-Ming Wang. Joba turned out to be fine, and since there was no room in the rotation for Wang, he sat to rot in the bullpen. Eventually, Wang was re-inserted into the rotation, as Phil Hughes was placed in the bullpen. Wang, who was then in the rotation, looked better than early 2009 Wang, but still was not vintage Chien-Ming Wang. And we know the story of how he was removed from a game earlier this month with discomfort in his shoulder. The Yankees first plan was to have him rehab, and possibly come back mid August, but we know that didn’t happen.

At the moment, the Yankees are not sure how much time Wang will miss (or they will not say), but it looks very possible that he could miss a large chunk of the 2010 season to go along with the remainder of the 2009 season. Chien-Ming Wang is up for arbitration at the end of this season, will the Yankees offer him arbitration? Is there a chance they non-tender him, and hope to sign him to a minor league contract? Who knows?


Wang to have season ending surgery

According to Pete Abe, Chien-Ming Wang will have season ending surgery. The surgery will be tomorrow morning. I’m sure there will be more to come on this topic, but I am done posting about for the night. I feel really bad for Chien-Ming, he has been working so hard since he hurt his foot, and nothing has gone his way. I wish Wang a successful surgery, and a fast recovery.

Game 98: Athletics at Yankees

After having their 8 game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon by a strong pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez, the Yankees look to go out today and start a new streak. They will have to do it against Oakland’s young left hander, Dallas Braden, who carries a 3.40 ERA coming into this game. The Yankees will send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to oppose Braden:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

3B Cody Ransom – you have to see the picture and caption that made for Cody

And on the mound, Sergio Mitre

Gardner has a broken left thumb

According to PeteAbe, Brett Gardner broke his left thumb yesterday while sliding into 2nd base, and is going on the 15 day DL. Amazingly, he played the rest of the game, and even hit an RBI triple. Gardner will be in a cast for 2 weeks then he will rehab. Jonathan Albaladejo has been recalled to take Gardner’s roster spot, but the move is only temporary as the Yankees will need another outfielder. PeteAbe says the early candidates are Austin Jackson, Shelly Duncan, John Rodriguez, and Ramiro Pena (who has been playing some center field for Scranton). However, if the Yankees want someone who can play center field, the choices are narrowed down to Austin Jackson and Ramiro Pena (and he has only been playing center for a short amount of time). We will just have to wait and see.

“Never in a million years”

If you are a follower of baseball, you probably know that Roy Halladay is on the trading block. You also probably know that he is coveted by several teams, and he has a high asking price. There are many Yankee fans who say they would be willing to do anything it takes to acquire Halladay, well consider this…Jon Heyman tweeted that the Jays suggested to the Yankees that it would take Joba, Hughes, and 2 others to get Halladay. I can’t imagine any right minded Yankee fan would want to make that trade.

Chien-Ming Wang Injury

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.

Game 74: Yankees at Mets

Last night the Yankees defeated the Mets by the score of 9-1, with the help of the Mets terrible defense. Their entire infield each made an error, well except for Luis Castillo (ironic right?) who I feel has already done his share. CC pitched well and showed no signs of the muscle soreness that bothered him in his last start. Brett Gardner had the night of his life, he was a double short of the cycle and if you think about it he should have gotten it because on one of his singles CC was on first base and any other runner would have advanced to third and Brett would have easily made it to second. Oh well. Anyway, tonight the Yankees look to secure a series win as they face Tim Redding and the Mets. You may remember Redding in his short 1 inning stint with the Yankees in which he gave up 6 runs, that was the end of him. Anyhow, here’s the starting lineup via PeteAbe :

CF Brett Gardner

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

SS Ramiro Pena

RHP A.J. Burnett


Paging Doctor Robert (Beatles reference)

Johnny Damon joins the list of Yankees who are/were under the weather. Other members of that list inlcude Matsui, Melky Cabrera, and Derek Jeter. What’s going on here, you would think the Yankees could control this better.

Pat Venditte finally climbs the ladder

Pat Venditte (the Yankees ambidextrous pitcher who nobody really feels is a prospect, but continues to get hitters out) was promoted to Tampa (Class A Advanced). This is good for him because he is not that young (24) for his level and he can’t continue to just dominate 20 year olds, he needs to either prove he can get more experienced hitters out or prove that he can’t.

Nady needs Tommy John Surgery

Just in case you missed it, Nady needs TJ surgery. He really wanted to come back, that’s why he tried alternative methods but they failed. He is a free agent after the season and it is unlikely the Yankees will re-sign him, especially because his agent is named Scott Boras. I still feel the way I felt last night when I heard the news, very disappointed. Will Brian Cashman make a trade now that Nady isn’t coming back, who knows.

Musings on Huston Street

Marc Craig wonders whether Huston will be fitting on Yankee pinstripes in the near future. I like the idea very much, but I don’t think the Rockies want to trade anyone right now, they have been on a hot streak and probably don’t want to mess it up. Maybe once they cool down, they will be more open to trading Street. However, I still don’t think he’ll come cheap. According to Marc Craig the Yankees have been interested in Street since May. While I like the idea, to me it has to be for the right price.

Game 73: Yankees at Mets


The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

Round 2 of the 2009 Subway Series begins tonight as the Yankees and CC Sabathia take on the Mets and Mike Pelfrey. The Yankees took round 1 of the Subway Series taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets, but the Yankees really only earned one win in that series with the other win coming as a result of a dropped pop up by Luis Castillo, and I thank him for that. This time around the Yankees hope to earn their wins against the cross town rivals. The pitching matchups look pretty good for the Yankees during this series with CC vs Pelfrey tonight, A.J. vs Redding tomorrow, and Wang vs. Livan on Sunday. Okay maybe the Sunday doesn’t favor the Yankees tremendously but I feel confident with Wang. Anyway, let’s just worry about tonight as the Yankees send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face Mike Pelfrey and the Mets:

SS Derek Sanderson Jeter CF Brett M. Gardner

LF Johnny David Damon

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

3B Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez

2B Robinson Jose Cano

RF Melky Astacio Cabrera

CF Brett M. Gardner C Francisco Cervelli

C Francisco Cervelli SS Derek Jeter

LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia

The bottom of that lineup looks a little weak with both Swisher and Posada not playing, no big deal though.

Nady suffers a setback

Xavier Nady was playing for Scranton last night and he left the game in the 5th inning after making a throw from right field. At the moment the Yankees haven’t said much about it but it doesn’t look good to me. “We don’t know what he did yet but it could be the worst-case scenario,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “He felt something and that is what we were concerned about.” “I want to talk to X and see how he feels,” Cashman said. “But it didn’t sound good.” According to PeteAbe Nady is heading to California to see Dr. Yocum. It doesn’t sound good but let’s just hope for the best because not getting Nady back for the rest of the year would really hurt.

Happy Birthday Derek!

Derek Jeter turns 35 today, man he is getting old, but he is still productive and is having a surprisingly decent maybe even good year defensively.

Andy Phillips signs with Japan

Do you remember Andy Phillips? He played for said on the team’s official Web site. “I’ll do every thing I can to help the team win a championship.” Good for him and I wish him the best of luck, Japan has to be better than AAA and now he has a chance to really prove himself and have fun on a competitive team.

Update 6:30

Jeter scratched because he is feeling under the weather. Same illness that Melky and Hideki have/had. I made the corresponding changes to the lineup above. By the way it’s raining in New York again. It looks like we could be in for a long delay. I feel like we live in Seatle.

Update 6:55
Xavier Nady is done for the season. He needs Tommy John surgery. This is really dissapointing but I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. I have yet to really digest the news, right nowim just really dissapointed and even sad. I really like Nady but it looks like his Yankee days are over, he is a free agent after the season and I doubt the Yankees would want to resign him considering his 2010 is partly is doubt since TJ surgery recovering takes about a year. I’m really disappointed.

Update 7:30

First pitch scheduled for 8:00.

No surgery for Nady

According to SI’s Jon Heyman, Xavier Nady will not be having surgery.

Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but he will avoid surgery. He will likely need to rehab the injury for a period of weeks, perhaps a month.

Well, this seems like great news. Nady being injured severely hurt the Yankees depth especially with Matsui’s future in doubt. Hopefully he will be back soon and the Yankees can get him back into the lineup as a DH or whatever role suits him best.