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A closer look at the pitching situation

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 24, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few points regarding Wang’s injury:

* The Yankees will need a fifth starter once before April 21, that coming in the first week.

* The fifth starter will be Jeff Karstens or Darrell Rasner. They’re not bringing anybody back from minor-league camp and Roger Clemens isn’t walking through the door until June, if then.

* Wang will rest and rehab for the next 10 days. But he could play catch within a week and be on a mound around April 2 or 3. That would give him time to make two rehab starts before joining the team around April 21 or 22 in Boston.

* Wang is a pretty tough guy. He was shut down in 2005 with a shoulder problem and came back to pitch without needing surgery. But the bad news for the Yankees is that they’ll have to use Kei Igawa every five days and he may not be ready for that. And, gulp, Carl Pavano is your new No. 3.

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