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Wang is not injured (with Girardi audio)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Apr 13, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada and Chien-Ming Wang all said the same thing just now: The right-hander is not injured.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that he stinks.

But without any days off coming up, Wang will be back out there on Saturday.

“He has a history of being a very good pitcher and I think history will repeat itself,” Joe Girardi said.

Wang seemed stunned. He said the issue was where he released the ball, which was off to the side instead of over the top. A sinkerball pitcher wants to stand tall on the mound and throw the ball on a downward plane. Otherwise the ball floats over the strike zone and you see what happens.

Here’s Joe Girardi:

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Try and remember, Wang was 46-15, 3.74 from 2006-08. There are only a handful of starters who have been better. He’s also coming off a ninth-long stretch when he didn’t pitch in a regular-season game.

Have a little faith that the guy didn’t suddenly lose his ability. This stuff happens sometimes.

Meanwhile, this notion that Wang doesn’t know how to get through a game without his good stuff or a good sinker is laughable. So he went 46-15 without knowing how to do that?




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