Yankees: Wang on crutches for the next six weeks

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Take a deep breath, and then read this from the Yankees:

Imaging studies revealed a mid-foot sprain of the Lisfranc ligament of the right foot and a partial tear of the peroneal longus tendon of the right foot.

Wang will be on crutches and wear a protective boot for a minimum of six weeks.

With a rehab period of three to four weeks, Wang won’t be back in a Major League game until late August at the earliest. Considering that Wang hurt his foot while rounding third base yesterday — just the second time ever the Yanks’ ace has ran the bases — this is just terrible, terrible luck for the Yankees.

But they can win without him. Let’s not lose sight of that fact.

What they do in the meantime however with regards to pitching will be speak volumes of the philosophy the Yankees are opting to pursue. Brian Cashman knows as well as anyone else that one of the greatest benefits of a strong farm system is being in a position to acquire Major League talent via a trade, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yanks make a move for some pitcher whether it’s C.C. Sabathia, Derek Lowe or someone completely off our radar.

Meanwhile, the timing of Joba’s move to the rotation could not have been better. Just know that the Yanks have the pieces to weather this storm. Have some faith.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Imagine if the “Joba should be a reliever” crowd got their way…

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Boston & Tampa fans rejoice! :P

    • Casper

      Thanks for raising the level of discourse, Pete.

    • Adam

      silly tampa fans. your team’s days of relevance are dwindling, enjoy it while you can.

      wait, on second thought, are there tampa fans?

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Sarcasm is fun.

  • http://gftf2.proboards80.com/index.cgi Double-J

    Aww, I called this in the Wang replacement thread 10 minutes ago, haha. Poo. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I have some good news for all baseball fans. The Seattle Mariners have rid themselves of the plague that is GM Bill Bavasi. This man was an insult to baseball itself with is idiocy, baseball fans rejoice.


    • TurnTwo

      if that’s the case, id imagine Bedard is back on the block for the right price…

      i dont see the yankees in on him, but perhaps the Reds, Cubs, Phillies get back in the Bedard sweepstakes?

      • KC

        do you really think that seattle would take less quality in trade for Bedard than what they gave up.

        You would be better off making a 4 or 5 player trade with CC if you can get him signed or entended prior to making the trade.
        If you give up the right package I’m sure they would let the Yankee’s
        try to work something out . But i’m also sure you must realize with 7 other
        clubs in the mix you won’t touch him for 3 maybe’s.
        Now to rub salt in the wound the mets also had a scout at the Cleveland
        game Sunday to take a look at CC.

        For all the NA SAYERS out there that say the indians arn’t going to get much for him there sure were alot of scouts from several teams there to scout him. Yankees / Mets / Boston / St. Louis /Cubs / Phillies / Dodgers / San Francisco / .

        PS we already have our own Kennedy his name is sowers so we don’t need another

        I really see CC being traded to the Dodgers when they have already
        said the Kemp and Broxton could be available in a package with 2 to 3 pospects to make a CC trade happen as long as a contract can be worked out ahead of time . Joe Torre Loves CC and has said in an interview that he would love to see CC in Dodger blue.

        That would be too ironic the biggest mistake in Yankee history letting Torre
        walk away and now to lose a #1 ace to the same team that could be the diference maker in the rest of the yankee season.

        WOW how far has the yankees fallen , don’t forget you have to give the fans a reason to come to the new stadium next year I don’t think a 500 team will sell many seats.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          WOW how far has the yankees fallen , don’t forget you have to give the fans a reason to come to the new stadium next year I don’t think a 500 team will sell many seats.

          Wait. Really?

          You really think the Yankees — a team that’s on pace to draw 4.5 million fans — is going to have a problem filling up the most hyped new stadium in the history of stadiums? That’s just flat-out wrong. Mark my words: Every single game in the new stadium will be a sell out next year, the year after and for the foreseeable future.

    • Ivan

      Once Isiah was gone, he was next in line. McMillin is coming soon.

    • Joey

      He’ll be working for ESPN soon, just wait and see

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Jamal, that’s horrible news.

      Stupid idiot running a franchise that’s not the Yankees = Good times for us.

  • Simon B.

    Bavasi has been fired.

    That probably means there is a good chance Bedard becomes available.

  • doty25

    wang said last yr regarding his poor post season performance that he was tired. Now he will have all the rest in the world to be ready for the playoffs if we make it that far. This can be a blessing in disguise!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I am now with everybody else, Michael Kay is a moron. He just said he would definitely include Phil Hughes in a trade for Roy Oswalt. God Dammit, why do these media members never get any better?

    • TurnTwo

      this is part of the reason why i cant stand listening to him during baseball games. the guy’s just an idiot.

    • Ivan

      Michael Kay doesn’t like Hughes and ofcourse is a moron. Doesn’t Roy oswalt ERA is in the 5. Second, Hughes might be the best pitcher coming off the DL.

      • TurnTwo

        yeah, coming off the DL in August, right?

    • Jon W.

      I thought about putting together a post with statistics showing just how stupid Kay’s opinion is, but why bother? Anybody with half a brain knows that Oswalt is not anywhere close to being the pitcher he was 2 -3 years ago. Having watched him pitch yesterday, Kay should know that.

  • Joey

    Congrats btw guys for making Neyer’s links, he quoted you guys today in one of his blog entries

  • BigBlueAL

    Time for the Yankees offense to go back to ts 2007 form and lead the league in runs scored for the rest of the season.

  • Adrian-Retire21

    I wonder where those “Save THe Big Three” crowd still has those shirts.Because the idea of having three rookies in the rotation was a even more stupid then Joba as a reliever because if we had Santana people wouldn’t be going crazy.

    You can kiss Kennedy goodbye because we should have traded he’s overrated@$$ a long time ago when he’s stock was higher.But Hey Sabathia hopefully will gives us the 200 innings we won’t get from WAng,HUghes and Joba this and next year.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I could be a lot meaner with this, since we’ve said it constantly. The idea to save the big three was NOT for this year. It was for the long-term good. But some people can’t see past today.

    • Ivan

      Dude bring that attitude to Sports talk radio.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      BTW you want it retired for Clemente, right? ;-)

  • Ivan

    In situations like this the two things you don’t wanna do is panic and overreact.

    • Ben B.

      Then don’t read anything written about this on WasWatching….

  • Billy Smith

    Someone mentioned Bedard. He would be another Eddie Whitson in my eyes. The dude doesn’t like to talk to the media which would be great in the Bronx:)

  • JohnC

    Don’t think we could get Bedard, but how about Jarrod Washburn or Miguel Batista? THey won’t cost that much.

  • godfather

    I still hang onto Hughes; I’d let Kay go in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t go ape to get CC if it’s for the years he wants, and I’d love Oswalt or Lowe, who will take the ball in crucial spots. Kay is a moron who, when I see him, reminds me of the awful “Quangormo” phrase he came up with to signify the Quantrill-Gordon-Rivera relief order. Kennedy’s arm should be put in a permanent cast, and I wish they would consider that a lefthander besides CC might help the club. Os threw the ball a lot better than the numbers indicated yesterday as he went back to throwing the four-seam fastball; neither the ump nor the breaks were in his corner.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Other than the Wang injury the Yanks were rolling along….hopefully they stay focused and just win games. Remember when Matsui and Sheffield went down a couple of years ago? We said our season was finished and it wasn’t.

    He’s a big cog in the wheel and very very very difficult to replace…but we can still win.

    And this is no time to panic and sell off the farm for Sabathia. I’d love to have him but not at any price. The sky is NOT the limit.

  • wayne’s world

    This underscores the idiocy of interleague play. American League pitchers don’t run the bases all season long and are not trained for it. This was bound to happen sooner or later.

    Since we’re talking about firing announcers, let’s remember that John Sterlin should be the first on the “to be fired” list. Having had to listen to him this weekend because I had no access to a tv, I was, once again, reminded that in the moron department, Kay doesn’t even come close to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Brian Cashman is on WFAN.

  • Glen L

    Kennedy/Tabata/horne or mccutchen … think that gets CC? I was all for saving the big 3 and I still don’t want Hughes traded (nor a-jax) .. but there’s no guarantee CC isn’t traded to someone else … as long as we get a window to negotiate, I don’t think I’d be opposed to that

    postseason rotation would be CC/Wang/Pettitte .. joba can go back to the pen for the postseason

    • KC

      hughes / tabata / horne / montero / jackson for CC

      but have to wait for hughes to come off the DL .

      Bedard think about it Seattle gave up 5 type A players and prospects do you for a minute think they would take less back.

  • http://blogginthebombers.wordpress.com Matt

    Cashman on Mike & The Mad Dog now about Wang.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.


    I heard Cashman say that Igawa was probably second on the depth chart. Who was ahead of him? Just Dan Giese or did Cash mention Kennedy too? I’ve been back and forth from the radio.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      It was Dan Giese, Kei Igawa and Jeff Karstens in that order.

  • A.D.

    The upside is if the Yanks are in the hunt in sept, they potentially get back a top of the rotation starter right in time for the playoffs.

    I say they should go with Giese for a bit, see how it goes, and if Horne/McCutchen/IPK pitch well in AAA you give them a shot. With Wang not out for the season you can afford to pitch someone who is more of a 3-5 starter, because he won’t be starting in the postseason.

  • Martini

    Cashman is full of crap when he says they are going to run Giese, Igawa and Karstens out there the rest of the season. Of course he is going to say that. He wants potential trading partners to think that the Yankees aren’t desperate for starting pitching.

    So while Giese and Igawa may get 2 or 3 starts each, I wouldn’t count on either of them being in the rotation after the trade deadline.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Don’t jump to any conclusions. I never said who Cashman said was going to run those three guys out for the remainder of the season. Ben asked me who did Cashman say was on the depth chart for potential replacements and that is what Cashman said. The interview will be up later tonight on http://www.wfan.com and you can hear for yourself. Cashman said he will be looking at the trade market but “first and foremost” they will try to plug this hole from within Baseball America’s #2 ranked farm system in terms of pitching (Tampa Bay).

  • Joey

    I mentioned it above, but since Bavasi’s been fired, how long until he’s working for ESPN with Phillips and Morgan?

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Have faith…..but let’s trade for Sabathia? Can you make up your mind here, Ben?

    I like “have faith.” I like “stop believing finding one guy will fix everthing.” Even more, I like believing that real winners rise from adversity, and that those that can’t don’t belong in the Winner’s Circle.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I’ve never said that the the Yanks should trade for Sabathia. I’ve said I believe they will explore that possibility. The two are not at odds with each other.

  • BillyBall

    I do not want to start controversy, or for that matter argue with anyone on this site but hear are my feelings on the trade front. The Yankees do not of course want to mortgage the future for a rent a starter such as CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets if the Brewers decide to put him out there.

    The one pitcher they may very well be intrigued with is Rich Harden (who wouldn’t). He has been injury plagued throughout his career. When healthy he has with out a doubt ace like material. He has pitched 2 gems against the Red Sox this year which I’m sure excites Yankee fans. He is still young and is under contract until I believe 2010. Billy Beane would want us to trade the farm for him but he is not worth 3 top prospects as his injury ridden career revokes bitter memories of a Carl Pavano.

    I would trade Melky, IPK, and Marquez for him and that is a giant risk.

    The other name is Matt Cain. The Giants have a very weak farm and need some youth infused in there organization. Matt Cain is a power pitcher but will cost high end prospects. The Yankees will most definitely inquire with the Giants brass to see if there is a match.

    I would hope we don’t sell the farm for him.

    The last name is Bedard and with the firing of there GM Bill Bavasi, maybe that opens up trade options for Seattle. It would take allot to get him especially since he is a lefty and an Ace at that.

    Hopefully Cashman finds a gem without trading away the farm. We already have our Aaron Small in Rasner, maybe we can strike gold again. We Should just stand pat and hope Horne or IPK comes up in 2-3 weeks and gives them good starts. The last option would be most beneficial to us Yankee fans that do not want to trade prospects away!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      I like Rich Harden more than I should due to his injury woes but I would not trade my starting CF who is under 25 and under team control until 2012 (If 2005 counts as a full year then under control until 2011) for Mr. Harden. Just not worth the risk of banking on Harden’s health and Brett Gardner’s performance being up to par with Major League standards. In this deal involving the centerpieces of Cabrera and Harden I do feel the reward (Harden being healthy and our ace) outweighs the risk (Harden getting injured and Brett Gardner not performing up to Major League capabilities) but the probability of said risks occurring far outweigh the probability of said reward occurring. That is basically the reason I would not do that deal but Rich Harden is an amazing talent when healthy.

      As for Matt Cain I do not thing Bill Sabean will be trading him for anything. Along with Tim Lincecum and Cain I foresee a strong 1-2-3 in that rotation with Madison Bumgarner rounding out the top three. I see no reason why Sabean would deal Cain who along with Lincecum is a shining beacon of light for the San Francisco Giants’ future.

    • B

      Keep Kennedy out of the majors. I don’t want to see him pitch another game for the Yankees!

      • B

        That also goes for Igawa and Karstens. I would rather see either Chase Wright, Jason Jones, or Alan Horne!

    • My Pet Goat

      Harden ain’t coming at a discount. Beane is… well we all know about who gets the best out of a Billy Beane deal. My guess is they’ll be targeting a slightly better than league average innings eater. If the offense is clicking that’s all they’ll need. The market for elite talent, especially pitching is out of whack. It’s pretty much in everyone’s best interest to stay put and collect draft picks, or call Bill Bavasi… oh wait…

  • Realist

    I am seeing names being thrown out to trade for C.C., that were ridiculed when mentioned in Santana talks? How can some of you justify trading supposed “untouchables” for a lesser pitcher whom will ask for a similarly outrageous long term contract? Makes little sense to me and would go away from building through the farm.

    I would rather see them not make the playoffs this year while developing their young talent, then overreacting and trading players whose luster may have dimmed for the current moment…for a “possible” playoff run and a player who guarentees nothing.

    • Dave P.

      The trades were ridiculed before two of the “big 3” decided to suck ass this year.

      • Realist

        Yes, so why trade them now when their value is much less and the team is dealing from a weakness with Wang’s injury? Makes little sense imho….

  • adeelmd

    Give ponson a try before you trade away prospects. I know he may be a horrible person, but I would try it out for at least 2-3 starts. And if he sucks, you have given money without trading anything away. I like the idea of using ponson for a few starts and keeping Giese in long relief. I think he is working well where he is.

    • B

      We already had Ponson a couple of seasons ago. No thanks!

    • http://gftf2.proboards80.com/index.cgi Double-J

      Ponson is absolute garbage, even before we picked him off the scrap heap a couple of years ago. No way Cashman touches him now.

  • adeelmd

    what do you lose by putting him out there for a few starts? At least he buys you some time to trade for a big player….

  • Brian

    there is no trade out there that will help this yankees team win the world series, because ‘if’ – and that is a HUGE if – the yankees make the postseason, their overall lack of pitching – mussina/rasner – will fail them…pack this season in the bag and try to develop a team for 2009

  • adeelmd

    we should just tread water with giese and Igawa till august when Pavano will be back!

    • B

      Pavano will come up with some new injury so he would never have to pitch in yankees stadium again.