Pavano's Days in Pinstripes Likely Over

Tommy John surgery will add to hurler's impressive DL résumé
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 5:31 AM CDT
Pavano's Days in Pinstripes Likely Over
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, center, talks to pitcher Carl Pavano before removing him in the fifth inning in the Yankees season-opening baseball game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York Monday, April 2, 2007. Pavano gave up four runs in the fifth inning.Yankees catcher...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – After soliciting four doctors' opinions, Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano will likely undergo surgery to repair ligaments in his pitching elbow, putting him out of commission through the end of the 2008 season and his four-year contract with New York.  Pavano had already missed a year and a half due to injuries to the shoulder, back, ribs, elbow, and buttocks.

After an 18-8 campaign with the 2003 champion Marlins, Pavano was given a fat contract by New York, for whom he has since made 19 starts.  This was to be a comeback year for Pavano, who had incurred the mistrust of fans and teammates with his lengthy absences.  Said GM Brian Cashman:  "Obviously, it hasn't happened." (Read more MLB stories.)

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