Yankees ace Wang on crutches for at least 6 weeks

Yankees ace Wang on crutches for at least 6 weeks

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<!-- end storyhdr --> NEW YORK - Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang will be on crutches and wear a boot for at least six weeks after injuring his right foot running the bases, the latest blow to New York's banged-up pitching staff.
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It was not certain when Wang would be able to pitch again. An examination in New York on Monday showed he partially tore a tendon and sprained his foot Sunday during the Yankees' 13-0 win at Houston.
Making a rare appearance on the bases during the interleague game at an NL park, Wang pulled up rounding third and hobbled home on Derek Jeter's single. Wang doubled over after scoring, pointed toward his right foot and was helped off the field.
"It's a manager's worst nightmare when a pitcher's on a basepath," manager Joe Girardi said after the victory. "It's unfortunate."
Wang will join injured Yankees starters Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy on the disabled list.
Wang is 8-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 starts. The right-hander won 19 games in each of the last two seasons.
The Yankees were off Monday and start a series Tuesday night at home against San Diego. Their win in Houston kept them six games behind Boston in the AL East.
The sinkerballing Wang has been the most consistent Yankees starter over the last couple of years.
Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte remain in the rotation, and Joba Chamberlain recently was converted from relieving to starting. Starter Darrell Rasner has been in a slump lately.
Wang was well on his way to helping the Yankees finish off a three-game sweep in Houston when he was hurt. He'd pitched five strong innings, and scored during an eight-run burst in the sixth inning that put New York ahead 11-0.
Wang is 5-0 in seven road starts this season.
After the game, Mussina summed up the problem that AL pitchers sometimes have playing at NL parks.
"We don't hit, we don't run the bases," Mussina said. "You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know. We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don't do that."
Yankees ace Wang on crutches for at least 6 weeks - Yahoo! News
Re: Yankees ace Wang on crutches for at least 6 weeks

they say he will have a protective boot on for about 6 weeks...........I doubt he will return this year........................
Re: Yankees ace Wang on crutches for at least 6 weeks

Irate Hank Steinbrenner blames Chien-Ming Wang's injury on NL rules

Monday, June 16th 2008, 8:30 PM
Cataffo/News Hank Steinbrenner has spoken - again. This time he thinks the National League should change its rules.

<!-- ARTICLE CONTENT START --> Hank Steinbrenner has a message for Major League Baseball - make the National League "join the modern age."
After the Yankees lost their ace, Chien-Ming Wang, for perhaps as much as three months, Steinbrenner said baseball should implement the designated hitter in the NL to keep pitchers from running the bases. Wang was hurt Sunday scoring from second on a single by Derek Jeter in an interleague game in Houston.
"I just think it's time the NL joined the 21st century," Steinbrenner said in a telephone interview. "The AL, the minors, colleges, high schools, they all have DHs.
"Truthfully, the NL owners should be concerned with it, even with the practice their pitchers get doing it. You don't need to lose your best pitcher. The pitcher has enough work to do. It's something Bud (Selig) needs to address and he needs to address it soon. Don't give me that traditionalist crap.
"We go to these NL cities, draw great crowds and we end up losing one of our best pitchers. I'm not happy."
Yankee pitchers took several rounds of batting practice before this spate of interleague games, but Mike Mussina said they did not practice baserunning.
"AL pitchers are at the most risk because we don't run the bases," Mussina said Sunday. "When you get four or five at-bats, at most, and get on base a couple times, you never know. We run in a straight line most of the time."