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Yankees wait for diagnosis, next move on Pavano's injury

5/19/2007 - MLB Carl Pavano New York Yankees + more

NEW YORK -- The Yankees hope to announce next week whether
Carl Pavano will need surgery.

Pavano hasn't pitched since April 9 and might have a
reconstructive elbow operation, which would sideline him for the
remainder of this season and most, if not all, of next year.

He has been examined by four doctors -- the Yankees' team
physician and three outside specialists.

"We've gotten one of three of the [diagnoses] in writing
back," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said before Friday
night's 3-2 loss to the Mets. "He's waiting for us to tell him
what we want him to do based on the [diagnoses]."

Since the Yankees gave him a $39.95 million, four-year contract
before the 2005 season, Pavano is 5-7 in 19 starts, including 1-0
with a 4.76 ERA in two starts this year. He was sidelined from June
27, 2005, until last month by shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and
rib injuries, then began feeling forearm soreness during his second
outing, a win at Minnesota on April 9.

Cashman said the Yankees had told Pavano to rest. Pavano was not
with the team at Shea Stadium on Friday night.

"There's no reason for him to be here right now. This place is
small enough," Cashman said. "It's a space thing."

Pavano's agent, Gregg Clifton, said he and the pitcher were
waiting to hear from the Yankees.

With interleague play starting, Yankees manager Joe Torre said
before the game that Jason Giambi likely would be limited to pinch
hitting during the weekend series at the Mets. Giambi, who has been
a designated hitter most of this season, was hoping special shoes
that were to arrive Friday night would ease pain caused by a bone
spur near his left heel. He pinch hit in the ninth and ended the
game by striking out against Billy Wagner with a runner on, and
Torre said it was possible Giambi could play first base this
weekend.

"I think he's real close," Torre said after the game. "He
feels good with the new orthotics. We'll see what it looks like
tomorrow."

Torre started Melky Cabrera in right field over struggling Bobby
Abreu because he didn't like the matchup of Abreu against
left-hander Oliver Perez.

Torre also said that Tyler Clippard would be the Yankees'
starting pitcher for Sunday night's series finale. Clippard, who
would be making his major league debut, would become the fifth
starter used by the Yankees this season in his major league debut
and the seventh rookie to start. He would be the 11th starter
overall used by the Yankees.

"We liked him a lot in spring training," Torre said. "He
showed us real good command, a good slider. He just seems to have a
big, loose arm, but what is he going to do out here Sunday? I can't
tell you."

Clippard, a 22-year-old right-hander, is 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in
eight starts at Triple-A Scranton. In his last five outings, he is
3-0 and has allowed four earned runs in 25 2/3 innings.