The Blue Jays let go of Wang

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For the second time in less than two months the Blue Jays have designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. Unlike last time, however, when no one wanted Wang and he accepted a Triple-A assignment, this looks like the end of the road.

Wang gave up four earned runs (five total) in three innings on Saturday. It was his first start since the last one before his last DFA back in early July in which he gave up six runs in an inning and two thirds.

It’s hard to see how anyone would be willing to take a chance on Wang at this point. While he had a couple of good years back in the day he has not been remotely useful in over five years.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.