Fri, Jul 31, 2009 - Page 19 News List

Wang Chien-ming undergoes surgery

AP AND NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

New York Yankees starting pitch­er Wang Chien-ming of Taiwan had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday.

Noted orthopedist James Andrews performed the procedure in Birmingham, Alabama, to repair what Yankees manager Joe Girardi said was a tear in the capsule. The team was awaiting reports from the surgery before setting a potential timetable for Wang’s return.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada had his capsule tightened last July, when his labrum was repaired, and he was optimistic about Wang’s recovery.

“I had a conversation with him, and I really told him that now it’s about Wang; it’s not about the Yankees anymore,” Posada said. “He’s got to be healthy and take care of himself. Whatever he’s got to do to be Wang again, he’s got to do it.”

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