|Is Chien-Ming Wang really healthy?|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on April 22, 2009
"The important thing is the consistency of his sinker," Girardi said. "He's gotten up in the zone and that's where his stuff flattens out. The importance is seeing his sinker down with movement. We'll evaluate it after that."
While Wang has repeatedly said that he is healthy -- he did so again on Tuesday -- Cashman said that he is not completely convinced. The Yankees medical staff will continue to test Wang, making sure that last June's right foot injury is not affecting him in any way.
"I'm sure it's going to take some time," Cashman said. "The first [step] is to try and determine what's wrong. His velocity is down, his command is off. That could indicate health. He feels so far that he's healthy, so we're evaluating his mechanics.
"... Those indicators, you can't ignore. I've been down that road before. I don't rule out health being an issue. As of right now, everything is on the table and we're in full laboratory mode."
Wang said that his confidence has not been affected by his struggles, but Girardi said that he is clearly "chapped" by the experience.
"I don't think it's what he necessarily wants to do," Girardi said. "He wants to pitch. I think he understands that we're doing what we think is best to get his stuff right. It's hard and it's humbling when you're struggling and they ask you to do something that's out of the norm."
I suggest that you head over to this article and watch the video clip that is featured on the page. You can see that Wang has a lower leg kick this season and that he is less stable on the mound. It certainly does look like the foot injury is still affecting him in some way, even if only mentally.