The Yankees have one starter who is guaranteed a spot in the 2009 rotation at this point: Chien-Ming Wang.
CMW is feeling pretty good these days. He’s out of his boot and has tossed the crutches. For the last week or so, he has been playing catch and is hoping to go on the road trip.
“Everything feels good,” Wang said last night, looking down at his right foot. “No pain.”
The plan is for Wang to head down to Tampa for a few weeks when the season is over and work his way up to throwing a bullpen or two. Once he throws off the mound, he’ll return to Taiwan. He will train at a facility in Arizona in January and plans to arrive in spring training in great shape, ready to throw.
“This year was frustrating,” said Wang, who was 8-2 when he went down and probably headed for 20 wins. “Next year will be better.”
I kidded Wang about showing his face at Fenway Park next week. He threw that brilliant game up there in April, allowing one run on two hits over nine innings.
“The fans will say, ‘You suck,’ ” Wang said. “I will say, ‘See you next year.’ ”