Chien Ming-Wang’s Fantasy Baseball Injury And Consequence
Fantasy baseball owners of Chien Ming-Wang have a big decision to make regarding an ace-level starting pitcher.
Following his injury on Sunday rounding third base in the sixth inning of the Yanks’ 13-0 victory in Houston, Wang had an MRI Monday in Manhattan. The MRI confirmed he has a mid-foot sprain of the Lisfranc ligament and a partial tear of the peroneal longus tendon of the right foot.
Wang is expected to wear a protective boot on his right foot and walk on crutches for six weeks. Full rehab of the injury could take up to 10 weeks, putting Wang’s return to the Yankees rotation somewhere around Week 22 of the fantasy baseball season.
Fantasy owners now have to decide if Wang, who has won 19 games each of the last two seasons, is worth a spot on their disabled list (if their league has a disabled list). For the time being, Fantasy Baseball Dugout recommends stashing Wang on your DL if you have a spot available. If official word comes down in a few weeks that Wang will not return during the season, cut ties and move forward with another pitching option.
On the plus side for some owners, Wang’s injury might force the Yankees to hit the trade block and add a pitcher like C.C. Sabathia, which should increase his value for the last stretch of the season. On the year, Wang is 8-2 with a 4.07 ERA, 54 strikeouts, and a 1.32 WHIP.