July 29, 2009 / 5:04 AM / 8 years ago

Yankees pitcher Wang to undergo shoulder surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming will undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday, the team have announced.

<p>New York Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang throws a pitch to the New York Mets in the second inning of their MLB interleague game at CitiField in New York, June 28, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>

Dr. James Andrews will perform the arthroscopic surgery in Birmingham, Alabama, with no timetable set for the Taiwanese pitcher's return, the Yankees said on their website (newyork.yankees.mlb.com) on Tuesday.

“It’s a tough loss for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the defeat against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I feel for him, because he’s been through a lot in the last 14 or 15 months, with the (right) foot injury and now this,” Giaradi said. “Hopefully, this will be the end of the surgeries for him, and he will have the rest of his career to be healthy.”

The 29-year-old Wang has been on the disabled list twice this season, the latest since July 5.

He finished the season with a 1-6 record with a 9.64 earned run average in 12 games after being a 19-game winner in 2006 and 2007.

The right-hander first went on the disabled list in April with weakness in the abductor muscles of both hips.

He left a July 4 start with tendinitis and bursitis in his right shoulder and went on the disabled list the next day.

Wang also missed part of last season when he sprained a ligament in his right foot in June.

“It’s been a long and frustrating year,” Wang told reporters last week. “With my foot injury and now my shoulder, I started off the season terribly. It’s definitely frustrating.”

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by N.Ananthanarayanan

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