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Chien-ming Wang signs for Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

2015/06/24 16:12:38

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Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Chien-ming Wang's agents announced Wednesday that he has signed a contract with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, an independent baseball league and member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

The switch came after he was released June 19 by the major league Atlanta Braves.

Wang will play starter in a game scheduled for June 26, according to his agent.

The 35-year-old Wang, who had a 4.37 ERA throughout his MLB career, had played for the Braves since last November.

Wang was a star player with the New York Yankees from 2005 to 2008, going 54-20 with a 3.79 ERA until he suffered a career-derailing injury to his foot while running the bases at a Houston Astros game in June 2008.

While recovering in 2009, he injured his arm, ending his career with the Yankees. He has not managed to regain his peak form, despite a comeback attempt with the Washington Nationals in 2011 and 2012 and another with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 before joining the Braves.

(By Lin Hung-han and Lee Hsin-Yin)