Chien-Ming Wang throws for Yankees scouts at Minor League complex

03/20/2013 4:22 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Chien-Ming Wang threw 12 scoreless innings in the World Baseball Classic. (AP)
Chien-Ming Wang was back at the Yankees’ Minor League camp on Wednesday, pitching for scouts as the team considers signing him to a Minor League deal.

Wang, now 32, went 55-26 for the Yankees from 2005-09, and has been on the Yankees’ radar as a possible veteran addition all spring – a status that general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday was only made stronger by Wang’s performance in the World Baseball Classic, where he pitched 12 scoreless innings in two starts for Chinese Taipei.

"We've talked to him for quite some time and he's agreed to work out for our people across the street, so that's what he'll do," GM Brian Cashman said. "We saw enough from him in the WBC to bring him in for a further look."

Wang won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007 for the Bombers, but he suffered a Lisfranc sprain while running the bases in Houston in June 2008 that cost him the remainder of the season and derailed his career. Shoulder problems limited Wang to 42 innings in 2009, and he missed all of 2010 before spending the last two years in the Washington Nationals system.

However, Wang’s velocity was clocked as high as 93 MPH in the World Baseball Classic, and Cashman said the righty was brought in for a look as a veteran depth option.

"I think he was as high as 93 (mph) in the WBC, so we wanted to take a look, and he was agreeable," Cashman said. "We have some vacancies in the rotation in (Triple-A) Scranton, so we're exploring all our options, and he showed interest in coming back. He had a great time with us, so I think there’s some interest on his part; if he was going to have to do a Minor League deal, he'd probably rather do it here."

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