Outlook bleak for ailing Wang

Beautiful night in the Bronx. It’s Hope Week at Yankee Stadium, which is a fantastic undertaking by the organization. We could all use a little hope.

wang_200.jpgChien-Ming Wang: And that includes Wang, who felt pain while playing an innocuous game of catch this afternoon, his first on-field action since pitching against Toronto July 4. At this point, it will be a bonus if the Yankees get anything out of Wang this season. Girardi said as much. That puts a premium, obviously, on Joba and Andy having better second halves than first halves.

Sergio Mitre: He’ll start tomorrow night against the O’s (on My9), and he’s the fifth starter. Meaning, he’s not in the rotation on a start-to-start basis. He’s in the rotation. Girardi says they can count on 100 pitches from Mitre. If he’s up to the job, he would give this team some peace of mind.

Alfredo Aceves:
If the Yankees have to resort to using a reliever as a starter, it’s likely to be Aceves not Hughes. Girardi says it would take Hughes 25 days or so to build up starter’s arm strength. It would take Aceves less time. And, let’s face it, Hughes is just so good where he is right now, it’s tough to think about moving him. Maybe impossible.

Adam Jones:
The O’s All-Star CF cleans his own shoes. Today he was cleaning his own bats. He figures the clubbies have other things to do. He also had a blast at the All-Star Game — probably his first of many — meeting President Obama and taking groundballs with Jeter before the game. He said the highlight was high-fiving his fellow All-Stars after the win.

11 Comments

Hi Kim,
Thanks for the updates. Anything on Tino??? Has he been dismisssed as an advisor? lolToo bad about Wang. I really like him and his attitude on the mound. It really is a lost year for him. Hopefully he regains his former self and can help the club again either in September or in 2010.

kim
i think that wang should go down to AAA i realy think that he is a bad pitcher and should absoultly not be a starter

JT

LoU

Hi Kim,
You do a great job with your blog and reports. I think it would be a mistake to use Aceves anywhere other than out of the pen. He has been very consistent as a long and short reliever. Think back to the Twins series, they us him as a starter and cannot use him in any of the Angel games which I think cost them at least two wins. He comes into that first Angel game with a three run lead he bridges to Hughes and possibly Mariano and we win that game for sure. Possibly the same for Saturday. Robertson is not the answer because he walks far too many people, Bruney cannot bridge because regardless to what he states he is still hurt and there is no one else.

Kim,
As a Yankee fan you have to love what has transpired over the past two weeks but take a look at last nights first inning and you can see why in a short series (playoffs) the Yankees could be in trouble. A month ago they were getting the hit with runners in scoring position with two out or less and not waiting on Text, A-Rod or Matsui to to hit a home run. They must find a way to get a few singles or doubles in those situations and not strand so many in scoring position. And Cano? There won’t be a team which won’t pitch around someone to get to him with runners in scoring position, I would because it is now in his head.

I think Wang is a very good pitcher, I think the injuries to him last year and this year have affected him mentally plus I never see the killer instinct in him, to me hes very laid back as a pitcher, I do agree the yanks will be in trouble in a short series if they dont find the timely hitting that they need, the last 4 games could have easily been losses if the other teams got some clutch hitting

I also have to comment on the Joba experiment and I have to say I think it has fizled, I do not see him as a starter, he can give you maybe 5 to 6 innings and that is it, Im not impressed at all by him this year as a starting pitcher, it hurts me to say that but I think next year or come playoff time Hughes and him can be the 7 and 8th inning stoppers, just a thought!!!!

I also have to comment on the Joba experiment and I have to say I think it has fizled, I do not see him as a starter, he can give you maybe 5 to 6 innings and that is it, Im not impressed at all by him this year as a starting pitcher, it hurts me to say that but I think next year or come playoff time Hughes and him can be the 7 and 8th inning stoppers, just a thought!!!!

I also have to comment on the Joba experiment and I have to say I think it has fizled, I do not see him as a starter, he can give you maybe 5 to 6 innings and that is it, Im not impressed at all by him this year as a starting pitcher, it hurts me to say that but I think next year or come playoff time Hughes and him can be the 7 and 8th inning stoppers, just a thought!!!!

Hey Kim
Love your work. I was recently at my doctor’s office, who by the way is an orthopedic surgeon, and he said that the injury that Wang suffered could possibly be a career ender. He said that because of the way he has to push off of his foot, he will never be right. Let’s hope that he’s wrong.

It’s a shame about Wang. But the other guys will just have to pick up the slack. Andy and Joba each had great outings, so that bodes well for the Yankees down the road. Hopefully Mitre will be as successful in the bigs as he has been in AAA

Hi Kim!!!
It’s been two bad years for Wang and I think he was rushed
backi to soon, after his foot enjury. He IS a good pitcher
and maybe more surgery is needed. I say, put him on DL &
get his foot and head back to the old Wang. Mitre looked
good last night, lets see him follow up on it. Love your blog,
pre and post game interviews. Keep up the GREAT work.
Oh, foregot to ask how PennSt. will do this year. Notre Dame fan, myself.

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