Chien-Ming Wang never the same after the slide in Houston

Righty Chien-Ming Wang, throwing in an instructional league game for the Yankees in April, is...

Righty Chien-Ming Wang, throwing in an instructional league game for the Yankees in April, is expected to start for the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Chicago. (EDDIE MICHELS/Photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

If only he had gotten the bunt down.

If only there had not been a play at the plate.

Chien-Ming Wang won 19 games in 2006, his first full year in the majors.

The next year, he won another 19 for the New York Yankees.

And he was on his way to a similar season on June 15, 2008, as the Yankees played the Astros at Minute Maid Stadium. At 28, he was entering his prime.

But with the Yankees up 3-0, Wang was asked to bunt with men on first and second. He got the bunt down, but only a few feet in front of the plate. Houston catcher Brad Ausmus threw out Jorge Posada at third, with Wang reaching first.

After a Johnny Damon single, Derek Jeter hit a two-run single to right and Wang slid home, fracturing his right foot. He was done after five innings in the 13-0 win, as his record climbed to 8-2 and he didn’t pitch again that season.


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