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Wang out indefinitely with shoulder strain

REUTERS AND AFP , NEW YORK

New York Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right shoulder on Saturday, the team said.

“He’s not going to throw until we get back from the All-Star break, [when he’ll] start playing catch. That’s a couple weeks away, and then we’ll go from there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Major League Baseball’s official Web site, www.MLB.com, on Sunday.

Baseball’s All-Star game is scheduled for next Tuesday in St Louis, Missouri.

Girardi said on Sunday that an MRI exam showed bursitis as well as a shoulder strain and the club was unsure when to expect Wang back and how long it might be before he returned to his role in the starting rotation.

Wang, a 29-year-old right-hander from Taiwan, has struggled this season, posting a 1-6 record with a 9.64 earned run average. He was on the disabled list from April 24 to May 22 with weakness in the abductor muscles of both hips that caused him to miss 26 games.

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