ST Game Thread: An Old Friend

Report: No expanded instant replay in 2012
Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes
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It’s been two and a half years since Chien-Ming Wang threw a pitch for the Yankees, but doesn’t it feel like much longer than that? His final appearance in pinstripes came on Independence Day 2009, when he allowed four runs in 5.1 IP against the Blue Jays. Apparently that was good enough to beat Roy Halladay.

Wang needed surgery to repair the capsule in his throwing shoulder soon thereafter, an injury that required nearly two full years of rehab. He made it back for 11 reasonably effective starts with the Nationals in 2011, who signed the sinkerballer after the Yankees non-tendered him following that 2009 season. CMW is healthy now and competing for a spot in Washington’s surprisingly crowded rotation, and today he gets the ball against the team that originally signed him out of Taiwan. Oh, and Michael Pineda is starting for the Yankees today. He’s kind of a big deal. Here’s the lineup…

LF Brett Gardner
C Russell Martin
DH Andruw Jones
RF Chris Dickerson
3B Bill Hall
CF Dewayne Wise
2B Jayson Nix
1B Jorge Vazquez
SS Ramiro Pena

RHP Michael Pineda

Available Pitchers: LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Juan Cedeno, RHP Brett Marshall, LHP Mike O’Connor, LHP Clay Rapada, RHP Graham Stoneburner, and RHP Adam Warren are all on the trip and available if needed.

Available Position Players: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B David Adams, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Justin Maxwell, CF Melky Mesa, RF Zoilo Almonte, and DH Gary Sanchez will replace the starters. C Kyle Higashioka, IF Corban Joseph, OF Colin Curtis, and OF Cole Garner also made the trip and are available if needed.

Today’s game is the first of two straight against the Nationals, and both will be televised. Bryce Harper is scheduled to play both games, but Stephen Strasburg just pitched yesterday so we won’t get to see him. For shame. Today’s game begins at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on MLB Network. The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. We’re going to chat during the first couple of innings, so join in the fun after the jump…

Report: No expanded instant replay in 2012
Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes
  • Mike

    Did Wang get a WS ring?

    • jsbrendog

      everyone who spends a day on the active mlb 28 man roster does i believe yes.

  • Mike HC

    Wang looking nasty. Nats have the potential to rival Phillies rotation if things go well injury wise.

    • Mike HC

      I might have went to far, but that would give them a very strong 1-5.

      • Mike HC


  • Mike HC

    I don’t know the radar gun readings, but Pineda looks like he is throwing heat to me. Looks real good.

  • Havok9120

    I love that the Nationals announcers were like “Be warned Yankee fans, the gun has been off here so far this Spring. Try not to pay too much attention.”

    Of course, then his partner had to ruin it with “Perhaps that lower velocity gives us a hint as to why the Mariners were willing to trade him.”


    • Mike HC

      Gotta say, it didn’t look like his fastball was “lower” velocity in that first inning.

      • Mike HC

        I’m guessing that Wang and Pineda both threw hard in that first inning.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Pineda looked fast last time out too but the gun said differently so who really cares as long as keeps striking guys out. The radar gun will build up it’s pitch speed by then end of camp I’m sure.

  • the Other Steve S.

    Man, that’s a weak Yanks lineup. Hope Pineda doesn’t get a complex.

  • DM

    So odd seeing Wang throw a spike curve, but seeing Gardner take a called 3rd strike? Not so much.

  • DM

    I guess Wang won’t be appearing on Dancing with the Stars.

  • DR

    Just got horrible flashbacks from Houston. Hopefully Wang’s ok.

    • the Other Steve S.


      Dude has had a career’s worth of injuries.

  • Scully

    Did he also age 15 years since the last time we saw him (judging by his photo above)?