Pavano has elbow strain, Sanchez undergoes surgery

Updated: April 19, 2007, 7:40 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees starter Carl Pavano has a mild strain in his right elbow and is expected to begin throwing off flat ground within the week.

Carl Pavano

Pavano had an MRI exam Thursday that revealed the strain. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 10.

"He's getting treatment," general manager Brian Cashman said. "He's feeling better every day."

Pavano was scratched from his scheduled start last Saturday with tightness in his forearm. He felt the problem in his pitching arm during his start April 9 against the Twins and informed the Yankees afterward. He threw seven innings in an 8-2 win over Minnesota Twins, giving up six hits and two runs for his first victory since May 22, 2005.

Another injured Yankees pitcher, right-hander Humberto Sanchez, had elbow ligament-replacement surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.

Cashman said Dr. James Andrews operated Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. While three scans didn't show ligament damage, Cashman said the need for ligament replacement became clear when Andrews operated Wednesday.

Sanchez was among the prospects obtained from Detroit in November's trade of Gary Sheffield to the Tigers.

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