OK, finally have the definite numbers on Wang:
91 pitches / 70 strikes
“Good day,” Wang said. “Sinker down more, but sometimes got higher and the ball didn’t sink.”
Nardi Contreras was behind the backstop watching Wang.
“He doesn’t have the arm strength he had last year,” Contreras said. “But he hasn’t pitched in eight months prior to this spring training. What I saw today, he had the best slider I’ve seen since I’ve known Chien-Ming. The slider has improved and the changeup is very good. His offspeed pitches are coming in really well.”
Don’t focus on the hits and runs. On those fields, the ground is baked and the fielders are 18-year-olds. Grounders are going to get through. What’s important is that he got to 91 pitches and built some arm strength.
Wang is scheduled to rejoin the team tomorrow in Boston. My educated guess is that he’s going to go on the DL with a “tired arm” or something like that and we’ll see Phil Hughes in Detroit.