Yesterday was only the second time since he turned professional that Chien-Ming Wang ran the bases and as far as I know, the second time since high school. The irony? The run he scored was the first in something like 10 years.
Pitchers with American League organizations don’t pick up a bat in the minor leagues. Then MLB throws them out there for nine interleague games. It doesn’t make much sense.
“We run all the time,” Mike Mussina said. “But we run in straight lines on the outfield grass. It’s not the same.”
Mussina mentioned that the Yankee pitchers had taken BP but not practiced running the bases. Would that have helped? Probably not. Why risk injury in practice? Wang just caught a bad break.
I had been kidding him for several days that he was going to hit a home run yesterday because he had a few in BP. “I might not swing,” he said. “I’ll just watch.”
He probably wishes he did.
No words yet on when the Yankees will reveal the extent of Wang’s injury. But based on what was learned in the clubhouse and through other sources, it doesn’t look good. Getting on a flight home now but when I get the news, I’ll post it here.