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What to Do with Chien-Ming Wang

Gary MarcheseAnalyst IApril 20, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 13: Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the New York Yankees starts against the Tampa Bay Rays April 13, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It looks like the Yankees are going to skip Chien-Ming Wang's start on Friday in Fenway Park. They have a off day on Thursday and it looks like they may have Wang throw a simulated game of 80-100 pitches, they can also stop him during the game and correct some mechanical issues.

They then will have him make his next start after that which would be Wednesday in Detroit. If he doesn't make significant progress whatever that is to them then they would call up Phil Hughes to take his spot and put him in the pen as the long man. Phil Hughes has been pitching well down in AAA Scranton and also pitched well in spring training.

I think I would of put him on the DL and sent him down to Florida to work with Pitching guru Billy Conners but this seems like a reasonable compromise. I know a lot of people are worried about the pen but the back end of Bruney and MO is solid and honestly I think the rest has been affected by Wangs poor performances.

I think Coke will be ok and Marte has his struggles but they will have to use him as the lefty specialist and try to get him right that way. Albaladejo has pitched well, I think in another month or so you will see Melancon and Robertson instead of Veras and Ramirez anyway which is the right way to go and those guys are strikeout machines and young.

I know a lot of people say 7-6 is a bad start but in the games Wang doesn't pitch they are 7-3, so I think it's just a matter of taking care of Wang one way or another.

Otherwise they are fine, A-rod will be back soon enough which will be a huge help and I wouldn't be suprised to see Melky playing more instead of Gardner if he continues to struggle, Melky has been playing well.

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