Count on Chien-Ming Wang going on the disabled list. He left Minute Maid Park today on crutches and his foot was too swollen to put a shoe on.
The question is for how long? It could be three weeks, three months or the rest of the season if there’s a serious fracture or torn ligaments. We won’t know until Monday, that is assuming the Yankees make some sort of announcement.
Only then can Brian Cashman decide on a course of action. Here are the possibilities:
Dan Giese: He was Scranton’s best starter before coming up to caddy for Joba Chamberlain. Now that Joba can go 100 pitches, Giese can return to starting. He has allowed only one run in 6.1 innings since getting called up.
Ian Kennedy: He’s throwing off the mound and his strained lat is said to be fully healed. But he likely needs at least one rehab start before being ready for big-league duty.
Dan McCutchen: He pitched a terrific game on Saturday. But he has thrown only 32.1 innings in AAA. The last thing the Yankees want to do is rush him to the majors before he is ready.
Jeff Karstens: He hasn’t pitched much this season because of a groin strain, but he’s healthy now and has experience in the majors.
Kei Igawa: He has a 3.73 ERA at Scranton, giving up only 67 hits in 79.2 innings while striking out 69. Are they just supposed to give up on him? Clearly Igawa should never have been signed in the first place. But he was and he’s available.
C.C. Sabathia (Indians): He knows how to pitch in the AL, he’s a lefty (always a plus at the Stadium) and you’ll have a few months to try and sign him. But if the Yankees are desperate, Mark Shapiro will seek the world for his ace, especially if he’s going to an AL team. Start with Robinson Cano.
Freddy Garcia (free agent): He has been throwing off a mound and claims his shoulder is sound. He could be ready sometime in July. All he would cost is money.
Rich Harden (Athletics): The oft-injured Oakland right-hander has been terrific of late. But other than Danny Haren, what Oakland pitcher has done well since leaving that organization? (Tim Hudson, as somebody pointed out to me. My point is that Beane tends to sell high.) Plus you know Billy Beane will wring every last drop of talent out of the deal.
Randy Wolf (Padres): Left-handed, solid numbers but has never pitched in the American League. Cashman and Kevin Towers probably have spoken twice in the time you have read this post. They are very tight.