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Peter Abraham has the latest say on Wang, and it sounds fairly dire.

“When he got the second MRI on Tuesday, it revealed a possible rotator-cuff tear. The question is whether it’s a new injury or scar tissue from the operation he had back in 2000.

Because Dr. James Andrews did that surgery, he will examine Wang on Tuesday and figure it all out. If Wang does have a new tear, he’ll be out the rest of this season and part of 2010. Wang, as you might expect, is nervous about what Andrews might find.

If Wang does need surgery, the Yankees could non-tender him in December rather than have him rehab on their dime.”

Remember a few things. Chien-Ming Wang was never supposed to succeed relying on only his sinker in front of the Yankees’ terrible defense, along with a miniscule K/9, but he did (spectacularly so). And he was supposed to go under the knife for a shoulder injury after his rookie season, but decided to rehab it instead, and reeled off consecutive 19 win seasons directly thereafter. Whenever I’ve assumed Wang would not be succesful, or was done due to injury, he’s proved me wrong. That was why I felt completely confident in assuming he’d be back up to snuff this year–only to be proven wrong again.

So I don’t know what to think. The evidence, however, points to him being on the brink of disaster. Who would ever have guess the Yankees would be considering non-tendering the Taiwanese sinkerballer? We refused to trade him for Johan Santana two offseasons ago, for chrissake.

And since we can easily derive the positivistic answer to this question, he’ll be back, and stronger than ever. Chien-Ming Wang is in fact the human equivalent of “opposite day“.

Hey, a guy can hope.

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Paul O?Neill attends the 6th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers on November 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul O?Neill

Today during the pregame, Paul O’Neill made the argument that the Yankees’ MVP thus far this season is Mark Teixeira, and looking at his numbers, they’re pretty darn impressive (.279/.379/.553; he’s also leading the AL with 25 HR). MVP races often hinge on HR numbers, and by that count it’s tough to argue against Tex, but from an actual objective standpoint, he’s just not the most valuable Yankee thus far this year (and he’s not particularly close to it, in fact). The winner might surprise you (especially if I hadn’t included his name in the title of this post).

Derek Jeter is having one of his best seasons ever. Compared to his career averages, he’s striking out a bit less (13.5% to 17.0%), walking a bit more (10.6% to 9.3%), getting on base a bit more (.396 to .387) and slugging about the same (.456 to .458). But where the real difference is coming is in Derek’s defence. Captain Intangibles is (for the first time since these numbers have been tracked) net positive (+1.8 runs over average defensively). That’s only marginally positive, but from 2005-2007, Jeter was worth negative 36.3 runs. Oh, and he happened to win two gold gloves during that time, but who’s counting, right? (more…)

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