Pavano's Hard-Luck Yankees Career
August 22, 2008
A look at the Yankees career of Southington's Carl Pavano, who is in the final year of a four-year, $39.95 million deal. He will make his first start since April 9, 2007, on Saturday against the Orioles:
April 5: He makes his Yankees debut with 6 1/3 strong innings against the Red Sox. Leaves with a 3-1 lead but gets a no-decision.
June 30: One day after a bullpen session, Pavano has shoulder discomfort and misses a start July 2.
July 7: He's placed on the 15-day disabled list with what's called shoulder tendinitis.
Aug. 10: After a couple of rehab starts, Pavano is shut down for the season because of rotator cuff tendinitis.
Season numbers: 17 starts, 4-6, 4.77
Early February: Pavano informs the Yankees his back is giving him problems. The team sends him to a specialist in Los Angeles who recommends stretching and exercise.
March 22: The team says he will start the season on the DL.
March 28: He pitches one inning in an exhibition game against the Phillies. On a fielding play, he falls and sustains a bruised left buttock.
April 2: He is placed on the DL; an early May return is the hope.
May 18: Pavano discloses he has soreness in his right triceps and has another MRI.
May 19: An MRI reveals a bone chip in his elbow. Surgery is needed.
May 26: He undergoes surgery to remove the chip.
Aug. 28: Complaining of a sore right oblique, Pavano has a CAT scan that reveals two broken ribs. In a press conference at Yankee Stadium he admits he was injured in a car accident on Aug. 15 in Florida. He doesn't pitch again.
Season numbers: 0 games, 2 MRIs, 1 CAT scan.
April 2: In his first start in 21 months, he goes 4 1/3 innings in an Opening Day no-decision against Tampa Bay.
April 9: Gets his first win since May 22, 2005, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Twins. After the game he reports arm stiffness.
April 15: Pavano is placed on the 15-day DL.
April 19: An MRI confirms a strain in his right forearm.
June 5: Has reconstructive ligament surgery and is done for season with an estimated recovery time of 12-18 months.
Season numbers: 2 starts, 1-0, 4.76 ERA
July 8, 11: Throws 30 pitches to hitters in batting practice, then 45 pitches.
July 29-Aug. 7: Makes three rehab appearances and allows one run in 8 1/3 innings.
Aug. 12: In 4 1/3 innings for Double A Trenton, throws 80 pitches and allows five runs.
Sunday: Throws 85 pitches in six innings, allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts in an 11-7 win over
Thursday: Called up to the Yankees to start Saturday against