Yanks want Pavano to see another doctor about elbow

Updated: May 8, 2007, 12:30 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees want Carl Pavano to be examined by yet another doctor, and the oft-injured pitcher certainly sounds annoyed about it.

The Yankees said they'd like to send Pavano to see one more renowned doctor before determining if he needs season-ending elbow surgery.

Carl Pavano

"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 months.

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.