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Wang returns to Yanks on Minor League deal

Right-hander won 19 games each in 2006 and '07 before being hampered by injuries

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The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have signed Chien-Ming Wang to a Minor League deal. The right-hander won 55 games for New York in a five-year span from 2005-09.

Wang, 32, won 19 games in '06 and '07 for the Yankees, but his career has dissolved in a hail of injuries. Wang's last two seasons with New York -- '08 and '09 -- were marred by foot, hip and shoulder woes that limited him to 27 appearances and a 9-8 record with a 5.78 ERA.

Wang missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from shoulder surgery, but he pitched in brief stints for the Nationals in each of the past two seasons. Wang went 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 games for Washington, but he's 61-32 with a 4.26 career mark, overall.

For two seasons -- 2006-07 -- Wang was the rock in the Yankees' rotation. He tied for the team lead in starts (33) and the league lead in wins (19) for a team that won 97 games in '06. The next year, at age 27, Wang went 19-7 with a 3.70 ERA.

Wang showcased his skills at the World Baseball Classic, where he threw six shutout innings to lead Team Chinese Taipei past Australia in an opening-round game. Wang threw another six shutout innings against Team Japan in a second-round game, but his team lost by a 4-3 score.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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