Wang allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out 11, walked none and threw 70 of 91 pitches for strikes. His slider was sharp, and while he got more sinkers down, he still left plenty up that were hammered. He continued to throw in the low 90s, not 94-95 mph, where his sinker had been so effective in his 19-win seasons.
Dave, this is about as close to an admission that it's still the Lisfranc that the Yankees will make.
"Maybe it's the arm strength, not getting enough innings pitched last year,"
roving pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras said. "He hadn't pitched in eight
months. With arm strength, it'll be easy for him to get the ball down. More arm
strength, more velocity. The man didn't pitch for eight months. It takes time to
get it back."
In any case the Yankees simply can't afford to let Wang build that arm strength in the majors. He has to be placed on the DL so he can rehab and rebuild his confidence. Wang is expected to rejoing the Yankees in Boston Friday, but it's likely that DL move will happen before Tuesday. Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.86 ERA at Triple A Scranton) is expected to be called up. The Yankees are banking he'll prove last year was nothing more than a learning experience, and I think he'll deliver.