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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wang on comeback trail


The bad news: In his Triple-A rehab start Tuesday night, Chien-Ming Wang took a sharp grounder off his calf and left the game with soreness after throwing only 82 pitches. The good news? As Chad Jenning notes, there was plenty:
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With Alex Rodriguez taking over from Cody Ransom at third base and Melky Cabrera taking over from Brett Gardner in center field, the Yankees have just one terribly glaring weakness: No. 5 starter. Their top four starters are 8-6 with a 4.42 ERA. Not great, but decent enough especially if you believe (as I do) that CC Sabathia (2-3, 3.94) and A.J. Burnett (2-1, 5.36) are both likely to pitch better than they have. The Yankees other starters -- Wang and Philip Hughes -- are 1-5 with a 17.32 ERA.

That does overstate the problem, I think, because Hughes still looks like a pretty good bet in the long run. But it's nice to have six viable options for the rotation, and it sure looks like Wang will become No. 6, soon.