The Toronto Blue Jays have started 11 different pitchers this season and as reported last week Chien-Ming Wang has signed with the Jays and will start the game against the Chicago White Sox, making him the 12th. The Blue Jays are only guaranteeing one start for the two-time 19 game winner, but would be more than happy to give him more based on his performance.
“We hope he makes a lot of starts for us, but you don’t want to promise X number amount of starts,” Anthopoulos said. “Hopefully he does well, and we catch lightning in the bottle with him.”
Wang was 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 58 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and pitched 12 scoreless innings at the World Baseball Classic.
He signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees earlier this year in hopes of making it back to the major leagues, but asked for his release for an opportunity to pitch at the major-league level.
Wang Struggled with the nationals last year going 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA, but these are desperate times for the Blue Jays rotation and general manager Alex Anthopoulos liked what he’s seen from the Taiwanese right-hander.