It's late at night and I'm about to hit the sack, but I figured I'd put this out there for tomorrow morning.
Obviously, I'm referring to the Chien-Ming Wang injury which he suffered in the series finale in Houston. From all indications, it seemed like he stubbed his foot as he rounded the 3rd base bag on his way home on a Derek Jeter 2 run single.
The one good thing to come out of the bits of information the Yankees released, is the fact that it the injury is not to his achilles. We all know that an achilles injury most probably would mean his season would be over.
But a lot of the media, including the beat writers are beginning to speculate that the injury may be to his Lisfranc joint. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, "Lisfranc joint injuries are rare, complex and often misdiagnosed. Typical signs and symptoms include pain, swelling and the inability to bear weight. Clinically, these injuries vary from mild sprains to fracture-dislocations. On physical examination, swelling is found primarily over the midfoot region."
Wang clearly showed his "inability to bear weight", but that does not necessarily mean it's a Lisfranc injury. Part of the reason that the media jumped to the Lisfranc issue, is because that is the injury that Brian Bruney suffered earlier in the season. I highly doubt that most reporters knew what that injury was before the season began, and I believe that it's from the lack of information that is causing them to jump to conclusions.
Then again, they may be correct, but it doesn't seem like they're coming from a source of knowledge. Rather, they seem to be coming from a lack of hard facts.
Here's a portion of what Tyler Kepner of the NY Times writes on his blog. "The Yankees called the injury a sprained right foot, and they will hope for the best until Wang has a magnetic resonance imaging test in New York on Monday. But the early signs are grim.
The injury is to the top of Wang’s foot, the same general area that reliever Brian Bruney injured when he tripped while covering first base in April. Bruney was found to have a Lisfranc injury and is expected to miss a minimum of three months.
Wang has symptoms of the same injury, including swelling and the inability to bear weight on the foot; he left Minute Maid Park on crutches, in a soft cast. Bruney’s injury was in the middle of the foot, and Wang’s is believed to be in the webbing of his toes, between his big toe and second toe.
“I feel sore,” Wang said in a statement to the Yankees’ media relations director, Jason Zillo. “The doctor says I have to go to get an M.R.I. tomorrow. Of course I’m disappointed.”
Wang was examined by an Astros team doctor, John Duggan, but he did not have X-rays. Girardi said he would be shocked if Wang made his next start.
“You’re going to go through injuries, and you’ve got to find a way to get it done,” Girardi said. “But it’s not easy to replace 19 wins.”
If he is indeed done for the season, the Yankees will have to decide what to do strategically. The options are to stick it out with what he have here and in the minors, or to make a trade for a different top pitcher. The C.C. Sabathia rumors will begin to fly whatever the outcome of the MRI is, but I hope that if the Yankees choose to trade, it'll be from a position of strength. I sure hope that it isn't more than some kind of sprain, but it's best to wait until the MRI results come in before we decide what course of action to take.
Here are some of the options the Yankees can take, as per Peter Abraham:
Count on Chien-Ming Wang going on the disabled list. He left Minute Maid Park today on crutches and his foot was too swollen to put a shoe on.
The question is for how long? It could be three weeks, three months or the rest of the season if there’s a serious fracture or torn ligaments. We won’t know until Monday, that is assuming the Yankees make some sort of announcement.
Only then can Brian Cashman decide on a course of action. Here are the possibilities:
Dan Giese: He was Scranton’s best starter before coming up to caddy for Joba Chamberlain. Now that Joba can go 100 pitches, Giese can return to starting. He has allowed only one run in 6.1 innings since getting called up.
Ian Kennedy: He’s throwing off the mound and his strained lat is said to be fully healed. But he likely needs at least one rehab start before being ready for big-league duty.
Dan McCutchen: He pitched a terrific game on Saturday. But he has thrown only 32.1 innings in AAA. The last thing the Yankees want to do is rush him to the majors before he is ready.
Jeff Karstens: He hasn’t pitched much this season because of a groin strain, but he’s healthy now and has experience in the majors.
Kei Igawa: He has a 3.73 ERA at Scranton, giving up only 67 hits in 79.2 innings while striking out 69. Are they just supposed to give up on him? Clearly Igawa should never have been signed in the first place. But he was and he’s available.
C.C. Sabathia (Indians): He knows how to pitch in the AL, he’s a lefty (always a plus at the Stadium) and you’ll have a few months to try and sign him. But if the Yankees are desperate, Mark Shapiro will seek the world for his ace, especially if he’s going to an AL team. Start with Robinson Cano.
Freddy Garcia (free agent): He has been throwing off a mound and claims his shoulder is sound. He could be ready sometime in July. All he would cost is money.
Rich Harden (Athletics): The oft-injured Oakland right-hander has been terrific of late. But other than Danny Haren, what Oakland pitcher has done well since leaving that organization? (Tim Hudson, as somebody pointed out to me. My point is that Beane tends to sell high.) Plus you know Billy Beane will wring every last drop of talent out of the deal.
Randy Wolf (Padres): Left-handed, solid numbers but has never pitched in the American League. Cashman and Kevin Towers probably have spoken twice in the time you have read this post. They are very tight.