Finding work for Wang

May, 28, 2009
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Chien-Ming Wang's off the DL, but (as Tyler Kepner writes) the Yankees can't seem to find enough work for him ...
    Since his emergency promotion to the Yankees last Friday, when he was supposed to start for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but was needed in long relief instead, Wang has been in purgatory. He has not pitched well enough to break into the rotation, yet he rarely has a chance to get sharp in relief.

    "I just don't think too much,” Wang said. "I just go out and do what I can do. I pitch good, and I can get back to starting.”

    --snip--

    If Phil Hughes had not dominated the Rangers on Monday with eight scoreless innings, Wang might already have taken his place. But Hughes earned himself a longer look.

    "We had a role to fill and he filled it,” General Manager Brian Cashman said of Wang. "But if I said I had any regrets, I'd be saying I regret Phil Hughes pitching a gem, and I don't. I'd rather have too much than too little, and obviously, he's in a situation where he's going to have to wait a little bit until something opens up. It usually does, unfortunately.”

It's "funny" how the Yankees and the Red Sox have more starters than they can use, and almost every other team doesn't really have enough. In case you're wondering why they're both in the playoffs (almost) every year ...

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