Monday, June 16, 2008

Wang Out For A Long, Long Time

Our worst fears have been realized. Chien-Ming Wang is going to miss a significant chunk of time with a foot injury being described as a mid-foot sprain of the Lisfranic ligament. Pretty much the same injury that knocked out Brian Bruney.

Wang is going to be sidelined for at least 6 weeks while he wears a protective boot. After the boot comes off he can resume throwing activities, so tack on another 4-6 weeks. It looks like our ace is done for the rest of the year, with a September return possible, but unlikely. That. Frickin'. Sucks!

No two ways about it. This is a huge blow to the Yankees. I don't think it's possible to recover from a loss of this magnitude. Wang has the most wins of any pitcher in MLB over the last 3 years. You can't replace that. Just not possible. The Yanks are pretty much between a rock and a hard place. There isn't anyone they can promote internally that can rival Chien-Ming on the hill. Not even close. If the Yankees want to contend they either need to hit lightning in a bottle with an internal promotion or look outside the organization for someone. There's a lot of speculation that the Indians might deal CC Sabathia. The Indians aren't exactly out of it so I'm not sure that they would. Hard to say. It would take a lot to pry him away from the Tribe. Not sure if it's worth it considering they might be able to land him as a free agent come the offseason and not part with anything. If I'm a gambling man, I'm going to bet that the Indians do nothing with CC and the Yankees try to solve this problem internally. Gamblers lose more often that they win so I'm probably wrong.

It's never easy is it?



Bill said...

Sadly I agree his is not replaceable. What a waste that he was injured running the bases in a game that was a blow out. I am beginning to call 2008 the year of the plague!

Jason said...

I think it's a huge blow, too, and one the Yanks will need to be creative to find a remedy to. I'm not convinced that Hughes or Kennedy will fit the bill when they return as far as replacing Wang. Pete Abraham brings up a good point. Between now and July 24, the Yankees have eight days off, and will only need a fifth starter four games or so. It's a doable stretch to weather the proverbial storm. The problem is doing so without the team's ace, not without the team's fourth or fifth starter. If it weren't for bad luck, the 2008 Yanks would have no luck at all.