(Sorry for the title, I just couldn’t resist) Yankee starter Chein Ming Wang is on the road back from his shoulder injury. Mark Carig of the Newark Star Ledger has the story:
NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang said Friday that his right shoulder is pain free. But Wang, sidelined since July 5 with a strained right shoulder, declined to put a date on his potential return from the disabled list. On Monday, Wang said he is scheduled to play catch for the first time since suffering his injury.
“Now, it’s getting better and better each day,” said Wang, who has spent the last several weeks rehabbing and spending time with this newborn son. “A lot better.”
During the team’s road trip, Wang has come to Yankee Stadium each day for treatment on his shoulder. He has also been doing light strength exercises. Manager Joe Girardi said earlier on Friday that the team is taking care not to rush Wang back from the injury.
Chein Ming Wang will start his throwing program on Monday, so figure he’s a few weeks away from a rehab start or two. Assuming he has no setbacks, I’ll guesstimate he’s about 3 weeks away. Which puts a return to the mound with the Yanks at sometime in early August.
One thing that should jump out at most keen Yankee observers is the timing of all this. Brian Cashman can talk about internal options all he wants, the reality is he won’t have a very good idea of how effective Wang will be until after he pitches a game or two for the team, and that will happen AFTER the July 31st trade deadline. Despite his contention that the trade deadline doesn’t really exist anymore
, as things stand now the Yanks have the 3rd best record in Baseball, meaning that 27 teams could block any deal they make after July 31st with a waiver claim. Plus, the Yanks are only 2 games behind the Red Sox, so its easy to imagine the two trading places in the next two weeks.
I think Cashman has to proceed as if Wang doesn’t exist, and then simply deal with the rotation when everyone is back and healthy. If he was to swing a deal for a starter, you coul push back Wang’s return for a week or two, and then you’re only a week away from September when the rosters expand. Can’t have too much pitching, as the old saw goes.
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