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Sunday, June 15, 2008
Wang sprains right foot running bases vs. Astros, leaves game

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- New York Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang sprained his right foot running the bases against the Astros on Sunday and will have an MRI exam on Monday in New York.

Wang pulled up while rounding third base and had to be helped off the field after scoring in the sixth inning.

Chien-Ming Wang

Wang

After he scored on a single by Derek Jeter, Wang doubled over and pointed toward his right foot when trainers approached him. He put his arms over two Yankees officials and was helped off the field.

"I feel sore," Wang said through a Yankees spokesman. "Of course I'm disappointed. On Tuesday, when I know more, I will talk then."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "shocked" if Wang made his next scheduled start, against Cincinnati on Saturday.

"It's a manager's worst nightmare when a pitcher's on a basepath," Girardi said. "It's unfortunate."

Wang was examined by Dr. John Duggan, an Astros team doctor, but did not get X-rays.

Girardi also wouldn't speculate on how serious the injury might be.

"We'll have the tests tomorrow and then decide what the best plan of action is," Girardi said. "You're going to go through injuries. Clubs are going to go through injuries and you've got to find a way to get it done."

Wang (8-2) pitched five scoreless innings and got the win in the Yankees' 13-0 rout. He allowed six hits and struck out three. He's 5-0 in seven road starts this season and may miss time just as the Yankees moved four games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We don't hit, we don't run the bases," pitcher Mike Mussina said. "You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know. We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don't do that."

Wang won 19 games in each of the last two seasons.