With Wang Chien-ming on the sidelines, the New York Yankees have called on journeyman Dan Giese to start in place of the Taiwanese hurler tomorrow against the Cincinnati Reds.
It will be the first major league start for the 31-year-old Giese, who has been used in a limited relief role since the Yankees recalled him from the minor leagues earlier this month.
“He’s a strike thrower, and he’s not going to beat himself,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “But you’re talking about replacing a guy [Wang] that had 46 wins in the last two years and two months.”
“There aren’t a lot of people that have done that. That’s hard to replace, but we have to do it,” he said.
Giese, a one-time used car salesman, was recalled by the Yankees on June 3 and has made three relief appearances. He earned his first major league win on June 8, when he tossed 2 2/3 hitless innings in relief of Joba Chamberlain.
After spending six years in the minor leagues without getting a shot in the major leagues, Giese retired in 2005 and took a job selling cars in Carlsbad, California. But he returned to baseball, signing with the San Francisco Giants.
Giese went 0-2 in eight relief appearances for the Giants, then signed with the Yankees in the offseason.
Wang is expected to miss more than two months after spraining his right foot and partially tearing a tendon while running the bases in a 13-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Wang would not normally bat and run bases in an American League game but the injury came in an interleague game played under National League rules where pitchers take turns at bat rather than have a designated hitter replacement.
Wang said he hopes to be back by Sept. 1.
“I’ll try to come back early,” the 28-year-old right-hander said.
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