By Jon Lane
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News is reporting that Chien-Ming Wang will be back with the Yankees for tonight’s game against the Phillies. Before Joba Chamberlain took an Adam Jones line drive off his right knee last night, Wang was headed to Pawtucket for his final rehab start for Triple-A Scranton scheduled for tonight. A source told Feinsand that Wang was to turn around and head back to New York.
Led by Alfredo Aceves’ 3 1/3 innings, the Yankees bullpen worked 8 1/3 innings in a 7-4 victory over the Orioles that extended the team’s winning streak to nine games. Wang will be activated from the disabled list and be available as a long reliever and could get the call Tuesday in Texas if Chamberlain’s bruised knee prevents him from making that start.
Chamberlain told reporters last night he’s “100 percent” he’ll make his next start, but the Yankees are bringing Wang back early as insurance. Assuming Chamberlain is a go, Feinsand added Wang will likely be slotted into the rotation on Wednesday (Texas) or Friday (Cleveland).
The team will need to make a roster move before opening a three-game set against the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.