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Wang remains out of Yankees' rotation

Wang remains out of Yanks' rotation

NEW YORK -- The waiting game continues for Chien-Ming Wang, who will not take over Andy Pettitte's rotation spot for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Pettitte, who left his previous start in Cleveland with back trouble, reiterated Tuesday that he feels well enough to pitch.

"I'm good," Pettitte said.

That's fine news for the Yankees, but it leaves Wang hanging in a precarious spot. After firing three scoreless innings of relief last Sunday, the team's most successful starter over the past three seasons deemed himself ready to rejoin the starting rotation. But the Yankees remain intent on keeping Phil Hughes in the fifth slot.

Pettitte's injury had seemed to open a door for Wang -- one that quickly slammed shut.

"We had discussions, and at this point, nothing has changed," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Wang. "Our guys are still on schedule. We're happy with the progress that he's made, but at this point, we're staying on schedule."

Wang led the Yankees with 19 wins in 2006 and '07, and was 8-2 before suffering a season-ending foot injury last season. The Yankees put him on the disabled list in April with weakness in the abductor muscles of both hips after he lost his first three starts with a 34.50 ERA.

Returning from the DL late last month, Wang has now thrown six consecutive scoreless innings of relief, striking out five, walking two and allowing three hits.

Still, the Yankees have no plans to work him back into their starting rotation.

"We haven't made any changes up until this point," Girardi said. "We're staying on schedule, and we'll continue to evaluate it every day."

In other injury news, catcher Jose Molina had an MRI exam on his strained left quad on Monday. Team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad was scheduled to review the results and make a recommendation as to whether Molina will remain in extended spring training or continue his rehab in New York with the Yankees.

Molina suffered a setback after recording a hit in Monday's extended spring game.

Additionally, outfielder Xavier Nady played catch Tuesday and felt "much better," the day after feeling discomfort in his injured right elbow in a similar throwing session.

"So that's progress," Girardi said.

Nady will take Wednesday off and play catch again Thursday.

Anthony DiComo 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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