Friday, August 22, 2008

The Pavano Files

A chronicle of Carl Pavano's Yankee career (courtesy the Hartford Currant):

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.

April 10: Baltimore's Melvin Mora hits a liner off Pavano's head, forcing him to leave his second start in the third inning. He makes his next start.

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 Reading.

Thursday: Called up to the Yankees to start Saturday against Baltimore.

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