- 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.”
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.”