Wang: It is great to be back

March, 25, 2013
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Chien-Ming Wang said he chose to return to the Yankees instead of signing with four or five other interested teams. Wang said his familiarity with the Yankees was deciding factor.

"It was an easy decision for me because I never wanted to leave," Wang said to reporters in Tampa.

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AP Photo/Chris O'MearaWang works out at the Yanks' minor league complex in Tampa.
He confirmed that all the teams interested in him were offering minor league contracts, like the one he signed with the Yankees.

Wang expects to be at Triple-A to start 2013. If he pitches well, he could get a chance to start again if the Yankees suffer injuries or ineffectiveness with their major league staff.

Wang, who turns 33 on Sunday, has not been an effective starter since hurting his foot in 2008 and his shoulder in 2009. He won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007, but has never been the same since having surgery on the shoulder.

In his last two years with Washington, he went a total of 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA.

The Yankees scouted Wang during the WBC and his velocity is apparently up. He is psyched to wear the pinstripes again.

"It's like back in the day," Wang said through an interpreter. "This was my first team. This is where I started. I feel great."

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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