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Yankees put Wang on 15-day disabled list for hamstring

AP , NEW YORK

The New York Yankees' Wang Chien-ming pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of their spring training baseball game in Kissimmee, Florida, on March 16. On Sunday, the Yankees placed Wang on the disabled list with a right hamstring pull.

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The New York Yankees put Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民) on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, setting their roster for opening day.

New York opens the season with a US$193.69 million payroll -- the highest in the major leagues -- after adjustments for transactions in the trades of Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Javier Vazquez and Jaret Wright.

Wang, who was a 19-game winner last season and runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award, has an injured right hamstring.

The Yankees placed Wang on the disabled list retroactive to March 23, when the injury to his hamstring was discovered.

He threw 40 pitches on Sunday off a half-mound at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.

"I feel fine," he said. "I'm making progress."

The Yankees expect Wang to be out of their rotation until at least late this month.

He is scheduled to throw in another half-mound training session today to determine whether his hamstring is responding to treatment.

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