Non-tendered Wang is a popular free agent

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Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is drawing interest from 15 teams,
according to his agent Alan Nero. Wang, who turns 30 in March, was
non-tendered by the Yankees last Saturday after posting a 9.64 ERA in
’09 and undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Nero wouldn’t reveal any of the
interested teams, but Cafardo believes that the Red Sox are one of them
and that the Yankees would like to match any offer. While many consider
the Joe Torre and the Dodgers to be the odds-on favorite, last weekend I advocated Wang signing with the Cardinals,
citing pitching coach Dave Duncan’s possible influence on the rehabbing right-hander.



Wang has been long-tossing since the
beginning of the month and plans to visit Dr. James Andrews in January
to get an updated outlook for his rehab. As of now, he’s not expected
to contribute until May at the earliest.

Yu Darvish suffers setback during rehab start

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Cubs starter Yu Darvish suffered a setback during Sunday’s rehab start with Low-A South Bend, The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg reports. Darvish threw just 19 pitches in the first inning and felt fine. However, when he took the mound to warm up ahead of the second inning, Darvish “felt something” in his injured right elbow. He exited the game to undergo an MRI.

Darvish’s condition isn’t yet known, but it’s obviously bad news. Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract in February and has made just eight starts this season. He owns a 4.95 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 21 walks in 40 innings and hasn’t pitched since May 20.

Darvish said he hopes to return before the end of the regular season to help the team. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is realistic about the situation. He said, “It’s a process. We’ll see how he feels. It’s been a long road back, so there’s no point in rushing it now. We probably have one chance given where we are on the calendar to get this right, so that’s the priority.”

Mike Montgomery has pitched out of the rotation in Darvish’s place but he is also currently on the disabled list. Tyler Chatwood, with a 5.22 ERA and 93 walks in 101 2/3 innings, was booted from the rotation at the end of July after the Cubs acquired Cole Hamels. The Cubs, entering Sunday 20 games over .500 and fewer than five games ahead of the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central, need some reliability at the back of the rotation.