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Yankees lose Pavano, Mussina to DL

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano joined
fellow Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list Sunday,
further depleting New York's already taxed pitching staff.

Carl Pavano Pavano

Mike Mussina Mussina

"Nobody wants that," Mussina said after cutting short his
throwing session because of pain in his injured left hamstring.
"We don't have a choice. You just find a way to get through it and
deal with it. It's unfortunate. ... Nobody's having surgery. A
couple of muscle pulls, a strain, we'll be fine."

After a pair of extra-inning games Friday and Saturday against
Oakland, the Yankees called up right-hander Chris Britton from
Triple-A Scranton to give them a fresh arm in the bullpen for
Sunday's series finale against the reigning AL West champion
Athletics.

New York manager Joe Torre said the club was discussing a couple
of possibilities to take Pavano's turn in the rotation Tuesday
against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Left-hander Chase
Wright was thought to be the leading candidate to be called up from
the minors.

"It's OK," Torre said. "We're above water. That's the main
thing. We're holding our own. We're going to get healthy. It's not
anything that's going to debilitate anybody for a long time. We
have to hang around."

Pavano was scratched Friday from his scheduled start Saturday
with tightness in his forearm, while Mussina has a strained
hamstring that he injured three batters into the third inning
Wednesday in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Mussina tried to
throw off the mound Sunday morning but stopped after only seven
pitches. Pavano didn't throw his scheduled bullpen.

Mussina was able to do some light running and play catch.

"I can do everything else, it's just getting down the hill
trying to stop myself," he said. "It was wearing down. It hasn't
been four days yet. I'm not disappointed."

Pavano felt the problem in his pitching arm during his start
Monday night and informed the Yankees afterward. He threw seven
innings in an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday, giving up
six hits and two runs for his first victory since May 22, 2005.

He knows pushing it now might make things worse.

"It's not something that's going to get any better going out
there and trying to be a hero," Pavano said. "To take a step back
like this is disappointing. It's the right thing to do."

The 38-year-old Mussina, who won 15 games last year for his most
victories since getting 17 in 2003, isn't sure whether he will need
a rehab start before rejoining the rotation.

"We'll worry about that when the time comes," said Mussina,
who will be able to throw on flat ground during his DL stint.