Getting Off On The Wang Foot

Awful, I know, and I am truly sorry for typing that title.

Chien-Ming Wang hurt his right foot as he stepped on the bag rounding third in the sixth inning after reaching base on a fielder’s choice. He scored the first run of his major-league career, but had to be helped off the field. The Yankees went on to slaughter the Astros 13-nil. We’ll know the butcher’s bill on Tuesday, says the Yankee ace.

My Pops Day presents were A) tickets to Wilco playing in Bend in August along with B) four seats to the Yankees-M’s game in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. Sweet. But it’s not all gravy; now it’s time for C) go fold the laundry.

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  • Other than Wangers injury this has been a pretty cool day for me as well. Unfortunately I can’t stop thinking about how bad this could be for the Yanks. I did get a sweet pair of Oaklely M Frames and a Georgia Bulldog hat…not enough to get the thought of Mussina being our #1 out of my head though.

    John - YF June 15, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • The NYT:
    “The Yankees’ season changed irreversibly on Sunday. Chien-Ming Wang’s season is in jeopardy with a serious injury to his right foot, and C. C. Sabathia instantly became a very important name in the Yankees’ universe.
    “Wang staggered to the plate in the sixth inning with the fifth run of a 13-0 rout of the Houston Astros. He did not speak to reporters, but he told others that he felt a pop in his foot while rounding third base, a strong sign of ligament damage that could sideline him for months, if not the rest of the season.”
    Assuming the worst (two months to the whole season), this certainly does make C.C. Sabathia almost a necessity for the Yankees, if they hope to contend this year. But the Indians will certainly be seeking a haul, and the Sox also will be making sure Cashman doesn’t get any kind of bargain.
    I’ve always wondered in the back of my head if Sabathia was the real deal. He always struggled to put it together, finally did so last season, melted down in the playoffs, hasn’t been as strong this season and, while he’s young, has weight issues that make longevity a concern going forward. Without delving into the numbers, I’m not sure he’d be any better of a choice than Santana, and both the Sox and Yanks clearly weren’t thrilled by that option.

    Paul SF June 15, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Paul: He’s better than Wang and Wang is/was our Ace. (so they tell me…) Get C.C. in the fold ASAP!!!

    krueg June 16, 2008, 11:34 am
  • Tough break Yanks fans, tough break indeed.
    CC is going to cost your an absolute fortune in talent now.

    LocklandSF June 16, 2008, 11:47 am
  • C.C.’s line yesterday: 8, 6, 3, 3, 1, 10
    That’s pretty nice.
    I’m not sure it will require “a fortune,” either. Cleveland still needs to deal him or he walks and they get nothing but a supplemental draft choice, if that.

    YF June 16, 2008, 11:56 am
  • FTR:
    RAB has posted a list of potential replacements, with Derek Lowe at the top.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2008/06/16/replacing-a-broken-wang-3066/#more-3066
    The suggestion that the package for CC might include all 3 of Hughes, Cano, AJax is basically insane.
    More rationally, On Baseball Musings, Dave Pinto suggests the Yanks might look at a player like Aaron Harang, and notes that Wang’s performance hasn’t been so stellar this year that it will be impossible to replace.

    YF June 16, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • OFF TOPIC:
    I don’t know if any of you are golf fans, but you can watch the Woods v. Mediate 18 hole US Open playoff right now for free from USOPEN.com.
    That’s just nice of them, frankly.
    Woods up by a stroke through 6 holes, both sitting pretty on the 7th right hitting approach shots.

    LocklandSF June 16, 2008, 1:27 pm
  • Make that Tiger with a 2 stroke lead through 7, and he looks like he has his A game today, Rocco Mediate has his work cut out for them, he might need a miracle.

    LocklandSF June 16, 2008, 1:33 pm
  • Maybe not his A game, trying to give it away to Rocco a few times and he can’t take advantage, Tiger still up by 2 through 11.

    LocklandSF June 16, 2008, 2:28 pm
  • peter abraham says he’ll be out for at least 10 weeks.
    ouch.

    Yankee Fan In Boston June 16, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • I agree YF…Wang isn’t Beckett or anything. It just sucks because he has looked OK the last two starts. We can replace him hopefully with someone reasonble but I still want C.C. yesterday. Have to keep this run going!!!

    krueg June 16, 2008, 3:30 pm
  • totally jealous about the wilco tickets. they’re playing no so cal dates this time out. if i want to see them it’s gonna have to be san francisco. kinda surprised you didn’t work yankee hotel foxtrot into the wang report.
    aj burnett wants out now. zero chance he’ll be staying in the AL East.

    sf rod June 16, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • krueg June 16, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • Burnett would work in a fantasy world…

    krueg June 16, 2008, 3:35 pm
  • This US Open game is exciting..

    Lar June 16, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Every other pro golfer just said…
    “Jesus, even with only one leg, we can’t beat him!”
    Congrats Tiger!
    Tough break for Rocco, but come on, this is still the highlight of his career.
    That was the most exciting golf I have ever seen.

    LocklandSF June 16, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • Now they are talking September…what a nightmare.
    ARod
    Jorge
    Hughes
    IPK
    and now Wang.
    Kill me now.

    krueg June 16, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • I don’t know anyone who would predict with any confidence that both Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina will make it through the whole season without injury or some downtime. Indeed, goinginto the season, they were the two biggest ifs physically because of their age and – in Andy’s case – history of elbow issues. That Hughes, IPK, and now Wang would go down – each with injuries that take them out for at least 2 months – while Pettitte is humming along (so far) and Mussina is among lead-leaders in wins is testament to the utter unpredictability of this game.
    Wang kills us. Say whatever you want about ace or not ace, he has been, since he came up, by far the biggest inning-eater in the rotation and – after a couple rough outings – seemed to be back to himself until the foot injury Sunday night. I’m so freaking annoyed/bummed. No, it doesn’t mean the season is over – weird things can still happen, deals can be made, etc. – but it just sucks.
    As for golf, Tiger Woods is better at golf than anyone else is at anything else.

    IronHorse (YF) June 16, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • more from Wang Watch ’08….
    hank says, “My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century. They need to grow up and join the 21st century. Am I (mad) about it? Yes. I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”
    thanks for that hank.
    “I’ve got my pitchers…”….nah, no way this guy’s a megalomaniac.

    sf rod June 16, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • SF Rod: I just saw that you posted re: Hank’s remarks as I was posting a new thread on the very topic.
    It was you who just railed in the Sox game thread against double switches and pitchers on the basepads (with admirable saracasm I might add)! C’mon, throw Hanky a bone on this one. He needs some love.

    IronHorse (YF) June 16, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • i hear ya IH. the NL irks me to no end much like it does hank. really the only part of that quote that bugged me was the “I’ve got my pitchers…”. otherwise i’m tossing a virtual bone to the hank on this one.

    sf rod June 17, 2008, 12:41 am

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