The Yankees said they'd like to send Pavano to see one more
renowned doctor before determining if he needs season-ending elbow
"We'll pull out all the stops," general manager Brian Cashman
said. "Clearly, I want to make sure that we have a really accurate
reading on this."
The team was trying to schedule an appointment for Pavano with
Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Pavano has already been examined by
three doctors, including Dr. James Andrews.
"I got three professionals telling me what to do, and now I'm
supposed to go to a fourth?" Pavano said. "There's ligament
damage. ... I don't want to have surgery. But if that's what it
takes to get my arm better, that's what I'm going to do."
Pavano was examined by Dr. Andrews on Friday. While damage
was found in the elbow, the ligament was not torn, a Yankees
official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because
the team didn't make any announcement. The team would like Pavano
to try to rehabilitate without an operation, but the pitcher was leaning toward surgery, the official said.
Typical recovery time for elbow ligament surgery is 12 to 18
Pavano is 5-7 in 19 career starts with the Yankees, who signed him to a
$39.95 million, four-year contract before the 2005 season. He went
4-6 with a 4.77 ERA in 17 starts with New York in his first season,
but then was sidelined from June 27, 2005, until last month by
shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and rib injuries.
He made his first two starts this year, going 1-0 with a 4.76
ERA, but started feeling forearm soreness during his second outing.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.