This entry was supposed to be about how much fun it is to play the Houston Astros right now. It was supposed to be about Robinson Cano getting lucky with a bloop double that just landed fair down the left-field line. It was supposed to be about how some of the Astros pitchers – by appearance and performance – look like they should be pitching in Little League and not the big leagues. It was supposed to be about A-Rod finally making a great play to his right and hitting a ball to whatever state sits next to Texas outside left-field at Minute Maid Park.
But, all that really matters about this game, now, is the injury to Chien-Ming Wang.
When it first happened, I thought “hamstring” and “six to eight weeks.” And, that was depressing. You don’t lose one of your two best starting pitchers for two months and not feel it. Then, on the YES broadcast, they said it was an injury to his right foot. And, I actually started to feel a little better. But, then, in the YES post-game, I saw Girardi call it “a sprained foot.” For those who don’t know, that’s 2008-Yankees talk for “He’s hurt; but, there’s no way in heck that we’re going to tell you anything about it.” That’s not good. Further, Peter Abraham reported after the game that Wang, himself, thinks that this could be a bad injury.
Now, I am back to full-blown depression over this injury. Sure, we have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. But, what are the odds that it’s going to be favorable news?
As crazy as this sounds, if it turns out to be season-ending, the Yankees are going to have to go out and trade for a starting pitcher. Sure, maybe Dan McCutchen could step in. But, the Yankees may still see him as more of a relief pitcher. Who does that leave? Ian Kennedy? Kei Igawa? Jeff Karstens? None of those are going to fill Wang’s shoes. This injury may bring cause for some drastic measures – either that, or, get ready to punt the season.