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What should the Yankees do with Wang?

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Obviously, the Yankees cannot continue to watch Chien-Ming Wang and his 14.34 ERA pitch like he did last night. Joel Sherman of the New York Post called Wang "the majors' worst pitcher" in his column today. I don't want to agree with Sherman, but at this point it's pretty much impossible to argue with him.

So, what should the Yankees do? They can't option him to AAA. Should they just push him to the bullpen in favor of Phil Hughes? Give him another start? DFA him and hope they can get something in a deal? Find a fake injury and put him back on the DL?

I don't know. I just know that you can't continue to pitch a guy every five days when all he accomplishes is killing your bullpen. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times summarized the fall of CMW this way:

You watch Chien-Ming Wang pitch, and you think, "It’s not supposed to be this difficult." That is exactly the opposite feeling as when you watched him before that awful foot injury in Houston. When Wang was going 46-15 over two and a half seasons, it seemed too easy. Nobody could generate so many grounders so efficiently, could they? He was the last guy you ever had to worry about.

Now he is the Yankee who causes the most consternation. Wang’s return to the rotation is only marginally better than his brutal beginning there in April. In two starts, both just 69 pitches, he has thrown 7 1/3 innings, allowing 13 hits and nine runs, with four walks and eight strikeouts.

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