Johnson said he will have to gauge how well Wang handles Wednesday’s start as the game progresses but he doesn’t expect it to be a long one. “Am I looking for him to go six or seven innings? Not really,” he said.
Johnson said the coaching staff talked with Wang, pointing out some mechanical problems they noticed after Friday’s start, and that he hoped that the starter would show improvement in his next go-round.
“A few issues on when his breaking ball backs up a little that tells you the mechanics or arm strength is not quite there, the release point is not quite there,” Johnson said. “So he’s not 100 percent.”
Wang admitted that he needed to regain a firm feel for his sinker, his signature pitch which helped him become a solid starter for the Yankees for over two and half years.
“I still am working on a lot of things,” Wang said before Tuesday’s game. “I’m trying to get my sinker back. And try to get my sinker better move.”
Because he hadn’t seen Wang work, especially in between starts, Johnson said he didn’t have a good feel for how the pitcher would fare against the Mets. But the manager noted that he was impressed with Wang’s side work and that proved to him that he could have left him i n the game longer than the four innings he allowed.
“He was OK,” Johnson said. “Any time with a first start, coming back from spring training basically, better on the short side.”