Friday, April 24, 2009
Yanks' Wang battling hip, foot problem
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees placed right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list after Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox and recalled David Robertson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
A spokesman for the Yankees said Wang has weakness in the abductor muscles in his hips that could be related to the right foot injury that sidelined him last year.
Robertson gives the Yankees another arm in the bullpen after the 11-inning loss to Boston. Phil Hughes is expected to be called up to pitch Tuesday in Detroit.
Wang was checked out Thursday by a soft-tissue expert, Dr. Mark Lindsay, the same doctor who has seen Alex Rodriguez. He played long toss and jogged in the outfield at the Yankees' facility in Tampa, Fla, on Friday.
Wang threw 91 pitches Thursday in extended spring training, where he was sent after going 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA in his first three starts. He missed the final 3½ months of last season with the foot injury but appeared healthy during spring training and has said he feels fine.