Monday, June 16, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 16, 2008

Yankees Starter Chien-Ming Wang May Be Out for the SeasonYesterday: NY Yankees 13, Houston Astros 0

While the official MRI won't be administered and evaluated until today, speculation is rampant that Chien-Ming Wang's season may be in jeopordy.

According to George King or the NY Post, "there is a strong belief in the Yankees' universe that Chien-Ming Wang's season could be over due to a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot."

Though Astros team doctor John Duggan initially diagnosed the injury as a sprain, you may remember that reliever Brian Bruney was similarly diagnosed. Origianally ruled as a sprained foot, Bruney has already missed two months with a tear of the Lisfranc joint.

Joe Girardi refused to speculate on Wang's injury but said he "would be shocked" if Wang were able to make his next start Saturday (NY Post).

The injury marred what would have been a great day for the Yankees. New York pounced on Houston starter Roy Oswalt and coasted to a 13-0 win. The victory capped a terrific road trip for the Yankees (5-1) and pushed the team to a season-high four games over .500. They have won 17 of their last 25.


King mentioned Dan Giese, Daniel McCutchen, Alan Horne, Jeffrey Marquez and Kei Igawa as possible candidate to replace Wang.


Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News speculates that Wang's injury may prompt the Yankees to look outside the organization for a replacement. He again mentions C.C. Sabathia as a possibility. McCarron mentions similar internal candidates, plus RHP Jeff Karstens.


Within the same McCarron piece, there is word on RHP Ian Kennedy.

"Injured starter Ian Kennedy was scheduled to throw 55 pitches off a mound in Tampa Sunday. Kennedy, who also threw Friday, was slated to throw 30 pitches, then sit down to simulate his team's at-bat and then throw 25 more. Asked if Kennedy was still a possible starter for the June 27 doubleheader against the Mets, Girardi said, 'I don't know. I'll have to see how he progresses.'"


Jeff Marquez became the latest Scranton/Wilke-Barre starter to victimize the Norfolk Tides. Marquez (6-7) hurled seven scoreless innings to lead the Yankees Triple-A affiliate to a 4-2 win. With a steady diet of sinkers and changeups, Marquez recorded 15 of 21 outs via groundballs.

Yankees pitchers boasted a 21 1/3 scoreless inning streak until Scott Moore’s two-run double gave Norfolk its first runs in four days.

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