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Cashman: One more in minors for Wang

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Via Chad Jennings, here is what Brian Cashman had to say about Chien-Ming Wang after watching him pitch:

“The urgency is to make sure we get Wang to where he needs to be, so this whole episode becomes a distant memory and he can be taking the ball every five days in New York and doing what he does best, which is running out 200-plus innings and 18 wins a year. The urgency is that we do right by him, and if we do that, then he’ll do right by us.”

“A lot of times you don’t see veterans getting much out of that to a certain extent. Hitters are swinging at everything, so it’s a little difficult to get a read off of all that stuff. The adrenaline’s not there, so getting him up in an environment like this where you’re playing in a stadium at Triple-A and getting to face significantly better hitters. The hitters will tell you how he’s doing and I don’t think anyone hit him all that hard outside of that one off the ankle, so those are all good signs.”

“I think everybody should assume that we’ll keep going down here unless we decide otherwise, so if you want to look for an assumption, that’s the way to go.”

“He’s definitely heading in the right direction. He’s much better. He had great mound presence, showed some great tempo. Threw strikes. I thought his slider was terrific. He did a great job. I was concerned when he got hit by that line drive on the meat of the calf. I know he took a pretty good shot there, but I was able to talk to our staff in game. I came out of the stands and we just watched him inning-by-inning after that. As long as his mechanics were good and it wasn’t going to affect him we were going to keep going with him. He got his work in, which was great. Today was a good day.”

Wang was hit by a line drive in the fourth inning but struck out to complete his work.

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