Chien-Ming Wang and the fans of his team have finally been put out of their misery.
The New York Yankees right-hander has struggled all year long with control issues and injuries, his latest being a problem with his throwing shoulder. After landing on the disabled list on July 5th, he made the decision to undergo arthroscopic surgery which will end his season.
There isn't a timetable for his return quite yet, but manager Joe Girardi says the team should know more once the procedure is done. Wang led the American League in wins in 2006 and matched that total in 2007, but missed the last 3 1/2 months of 2008 after hurting his foot running the bases. He’s 1-6 with an unsightly 9.64 ERA in just 12 games this season, missing a month early on with a [hip injury] bruised ego.
It's a sad day for dick jokes in the blogosphere. Until next year, dirty Wang headlines.
P.S. Bob Biscigliano from the great Motown-based blog Detroit 4 Lyfe has just schooled me to the French meaning of Chien's first name, "dog". You can go ahead and put that one together yourself. After some research though, the Taiwanese meaning of his first name is actually "Clear, shining Dusk." Sadly, I can't find a falic joke in there anywhere.
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