Wang Pitches 5 Scoreless Innings in Rehab Start
Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang didn’t allow a hit over five scoreless innings in an extended spring training game yesterday.
It was Wang’s first outing since he hurt his right hamstring while running on March 23. The 19-game winner last season is scheduled to pitch in another minor league game Thursday — likely with Class A Tampa — and might rejoin the Yankees’ rotation for a start on April 24 at Tampa Bay.
“He’s going to pitch one more time here and then we’ll see what happens after that,” Yankees Vice President Billy Connors said. “He’s almost right there.”
Pitching against Tampa Bay minor leaguers, Wang struck out six and walked one. He threw 35 of 55 pitches for strikes.
“I thought it was very good for the first time out,” Connors said. “He did a great job.”
Wang struggled with his control early on, walking one and throwing 7 of 14 pitches for balls during the first. He then struck out two in each of the next two innings.
“No problems,” Wang said. “I felt stronger” each inning.
Wang will play catch today and is scheduled to have a bullpen session tomorrow. K KEEPING HIS COOL: Paul Byrd is warming up to pitching in cold weather.
The right-hander worked six sharp innings in his first official start of the season as the Indians beat the White Sox.
“I usually don’t pitch well in the cold, but I’ve gotten better used to it,” Byrd said after performing in 40-degree temperatures and brisk winds. “After last week, it felt like 60 degrees out there to me.”
Byrd had come within one strike of an abbreviated no-hitter on April 6. That was Cleveland’s scheduled home opener — which was snowed out with two outs in the top of the fifth and the Indians leading the Mariners, 4-0.
“I was very angry,” Byrd said, adding that he got a lit- tle riled again yesterday when umpire Larry Poncino asked him about the experience. “I found myself in the middle of this game talking about that one.
Byrd’s first pitch to the White Sox was a called strike — exactly what he needed eight days earlier to make it an official game in the swirling snow at Jacobs Field. K BACK TO ACTION: Angels SS Orlando Cabrera, who was hit by a pitch on his left elbow on Friday, was in the lineup after testing out okay before yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. He had a single and a double.
— From News Services
Chien-Ming Wang might rejoin the Yankees’ rotation for a start on April 24 after injuring his right hamstring March 23.